Thomas Edison said:  “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”  I am still reading a very long biography of Thomas A. Edison and I can say of a truth that Edison worked hours upon end and failed experiment upon failed experiment in order to achieve what lesser men would never follow through.  Edison persevered through experimentation to an end product, then had to follow through in business pursuits, legalities, and personal deprivation.

Henry Ford, a counterpart of Edison, also persevered through endless difficulties to develop his motorized vehicles into a business of assembly line production. His efforts have given countless millions fine paying jobs and cars that are now taken for granted. The modern conveniences in automobiles might have been just a very distant dream to those two inventors.  Edison did dream of a day when his invention of recording a human voice would be in widespread use.  His dream is in widespread use.

What about contemporary men and women who have become successful?  Steve Jobs and Bill Gates worked tirelessly to develop their systems that make life easier for us.  They spent long days and rugged nights thinking through the inventions that now save lives and fly into space-age technology.  Sports figures that make a boodle of money do not get to pitch in the World Series or quarterback a Superbowl game by luck-of-the-draw.  My baseball hero, Chipper Jones is a switch hitter, which means he spends twice as much time in the batting cage than other hitters.  From the left, from the right, he takes batting practice seriously.  This work ethic  honors, rewards, probably will place him in baseball Hall of Fame, and money (10 million annually last I checked) but his work ethic and leadership are without question.  Mary Kay Ash worked diligently from a scratch level to a large cosmetic line.  Jean Nidetch started Weight Loss groups in her home basement.  Today Weight Watchers™ is worldwide.  It didn’t happen without work.

Today, as we have had in the past, particularly the ‘60’s, those who protest working and a system of capitalism that rewards diligent labor.  The self-proclaimed Wall Street protestors are those who despise hard working people who put in long hours of study in order to achieve.  They want starting pay at $80,000 a year.  Starting pay.  They will eat hamburgers from fast food employees who barely get minimum wage, but they won’t work for minimum wage.  It would be beneath them.

Proverbs 12:9 says something about them:  “He that is despised and hath a servant is better than he that honors himself and lacks bread.”  I would suppose that no boss or CEO is loved by all of his staff.  He is better than the one who protests in the street about the greed of the wealthy, however.  King Solomon, proclaimed as the wisest man, was indeed correct on this statement.  Very wise. Wise because God inspired the writing of those words.  Heed them.



  1. It seems very few newly minted graduates think they should start at the bottom rung of the ladder these days. We’ve lost our minds.

  2. I mentioned to my 8th grade student tonight that Mark Zuckerman is 28 today and his company is worth 100 billion dollars. He is young, but he has worked for that money. Student’s reply: “He doesn’t work, people work for him.” Grasping the edge of my chair to keep from doing harm, and quieting my voice, “So you think supervising and directing a company is not work? Think again.” Here I was attempting to get Brandon to aspire to something, and instead he acts like a misguided youth–which he is. Yet, I could have an identical conversation with one of my grandsons and have an entirely different result. Why? They all know the value of work. They know their dad is not in leadership at HP by accident and they know how difficult his work is. The difference is the parents. Lord, help us!

  3. There’s such a clear lack of logical thinking. Where does Brandon think Zuckerman got the clout to have people work for him? How does he pay them? What keeps them at their jobs? Good grief.

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