motivational quotes
Edison provides too much motivation to leave it at one quot. Use these motivational quotes Edition to start the week off with the wisdom to inspire you in any facet – whether inventing something beyond your wildest imagination or simply inventing your own life!

10 Motivational Quotes from Thomas Edison

10. Exercise

“The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain.”

 Why should that change? You don’t need me to tell you the countless benefits some movement has on the body – besides noticing the #gains – we are constantly informed of the improvements…not only through the preaching of our fit friends and trainers but we feel them. A huge benefit commonly overlooked, but emerging noticeably more in recent research, is the effect exercise has on the brain.

“The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold.”

– Exercise …you heard it here first. Edison approves…and see how COR is challenging this through our March Mania Challenge.

9. Hard Work 

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”
“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Are you “trying” or are do you really doing your best?

8. Character 

“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”

– Do with what you have and make the best of it!

7. Approach 

“Vision without execution is hallucination.”

-Have a game plan and dream big.

6. Sweat 

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” 

– If I can take this to another level – substitute “genius” with anything you aspire… it takes hard work…and there is no substitution for hard work.

5. Activity

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”

  – Is it obvious yet that I’m a fan exercise, yet? It’s the pushing, and challenging and growing of ourselves that I love…and exercise is the medium to do that in a physical manner.  However, can challenge yourself in many ways – through drawing, reading, instruments, etc. – there always exists places to apply yourself.

4. Persistence

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

– “STICK TO IT-TIVENESS” – that’s my favorite.

3. Giving up

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”

– Think of all those times you succeeded – imagine if you quit right before? You would have never know all that you were capable of achieving. The next time you want to give up, think of how close you could be.

2. Positive in the Negative

“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.”

– There is just as much value in our failures as our successes…which leads us to the last gem…

1. FAILURE

“Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” – The value is in the process. Satisfaction doesn’t lie in the results.”

– Failure is Edison’s #1 area of expertise. How we choose to deal with the inevitable failures that happen along the way make or break our path to success.

Professional athlete, CEO, inventor alike – the ones who succeed rely on their mind and skills to make the special happen!

Written by Amanda Presgraves. Amanda is a senior Kinesiology major, Division I student-athlete and entrepreneur at James Madison University. As an advocate of health and personal growth, she’s on a constant pursuit to optimize life and inspire others through her commitment to healthy living. If you can’t find Amanda bouncing between the classroom, pool, kitchen, or volunteering, you can find her online as she continues to lead and motivate others towards a happier and improved life at COR through her article contributions, newsletters and community motivation. (@amandapgraves, linkedin).