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Went to school for just 3 months, Yet changed the world!

Have you ever come across a person who is so gleaming with confidence that you say - "this one will be some great personality some day ". "Some people are just made different" you may say, but this great personality I am talking about today, had lot to do with his childhood and upbringing. And we owe a lot to his mother who raised him so well.   In one of his interviews he said

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

Edison was the youngest of 6 siblings, he lost 3 of them growing up. He was very sensitive child with abnormally large head. At the age of 7 he joined a school, was placed in lower class than others of his age group. One day a schoolmaster called Edison "addled,". When he told about it to his mother, she got angry and went straight to school, told the school master that it was he who was addled and not her son. She took him out of the school and proceeded to teach him at home. Unlike what the schoolmaster had said (confused and poor), Edison was a keen student, curios to know about anything and everything he came across. His parents got him books to read, science was his favourite subject and he conducted experiments at home. By age of 12 he had his own small lab setup in the garage.   His eagerness to learn and discover new things made him an amazing inventor. This quality is rarely found these days. How do we develop such quality in usor our kids? It has got a lot to do with our surroundings, I mean the people around us. How would you feel if you were trying something new and people you know encouraged you and helped you with it. We must develop a sense of appreciation for people who try new things, who are passionate and challenge the status quo. If you are a parent, observe your kids' talents, encourage and guide them to reach higher goals. It develops a sense of confidence that stays undeterred thru their lifetime.   After studying biographies of Thomas A. Edison , Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson, I can strongly say that the seeds of greatness are well laid in ones childhood.

If you are a parent -

Instill confidence not fear, instill positivity not pessimism, instill greatness not mediocrity. (in your kids)

Image credits - Photo by Aaron Burden

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