Some good Thomas Edison quotes:
I didn’t fail ten thousand times. I successfully eliminated, ten thousand times, materials and combinations which wouldn’t work.
I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others.
I am more of a sponge than an inventor. I absorb ideas from every source. My principal business is giving commercial value to the brilliant but misdirected ideas of others.
Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the one thing that he can’t afford to lose.
I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.
I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison, World’s Greatest…..Product Marketer discusses Edison’s emphasis on marketing.
Edison was not so much an inventor as a great product marketer. His image as an inventor was part of his carefully cultivated and controlled public relations and media strategy. He was opportunistic and extremely media savvy. He had a special office set up at Menlo Park and carefully designed the entire operation from a media perspective such that he was able to brand himself as the world’s greatest inventor.
And Edison – Inventing and Marketing Genius reveals Edison’s (Jobs-like) approach to product announcements.
Edison not only wrote his own press releases, but frequently held press conferences. He would announce a dramatic and innovative breakthrough long before the invention was ready for prime time.