In Sight

Edison’s Unbeatable Optimism

Thomas Edison endured many struggles throughout his youth.

Photo: Library of Congress.

Did you know that the greatest American inventor Thomas Edison (1847–1931) endured many struggles throughout his youth? Edison, whose groundbreaking inventions greatly influence our lives today, used those obstacles as fuel for his growth. A few of his early struggles:

• Edison did not perform well in school and was quickly switched to home-schooling.

• His mother suffered from mental illness, and his father lost his job, leaving the family destitute.

• He suffered from hearing problems and eventually became deaf, which cost him many employment opportunities.

SGI President Ikeda writes of Thomas Edison’s persevering spirit: “No matter what happened, he never gave up. No matter how many times he failed, he kept going with determination until he finally succeeded” (Sept. 9, 2016, World Tribune, p. 3).



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