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The most important factors of invention by Thomas Edison


The most important factors of invention, Edison wrote, can be described in a few words. 

While reading Keys To Success by Napoleon Hill, in the chapter on Controlled Attention, I came across this:

factors of invention and persistence

"Thomas Edison once wrote:

The most important factors of invention can be described in a few words. They consist first of definite knowledge as to what one wishes to achieve (definiteness of purpose, creative vision)...One must fix his mind on that purpose with persistence and begin searching for that which he seeks, making use of all other accumulated knowledge on the subject (Mastermind group, controlled attention). He must keep on searching no matter how many times he may meet with disappointment (willpower). He must refuse to be influenced by the someone else may have tried the same idea without success (self-discipline, applied faith). He must keep himself sold on the idea that the solution of his problem exists somewhere, and that he will find it (autosuggestion).

When a man makes up his mind to solve any problem, he may at first meet opposition; but if he holds on and keeps on searching, he will be sure to fid some sort of solution. The trouble with most people is that they will quit before they start. In all my experiences, I do not recall having ever found the solution to any problem connected with my work on my fist attempt. And one of the most surprising things is the fact that when I have discovered the thing for which I am searching, I generally find that it had been within my reach all the time, but nothing except persistence and a will to win would have revealed it."

Napoleon Hill summed up his philosophy of success in Think and Grow Rich!, one of the bestselling inspirational business books ever.

A recent USA Today survey of business leaders named it one of the five most influential books in its field, more than 40 years after it was first published.

Now, in Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success, his broadly outlined principles are expanded in detail for the first time, with concrete advice on their use and implementation.

Compiled from Hill's teaching materials, lectures, and articles, Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success provides mental exercises, self-analysis techniques, powerful encouragement, and straightforward advice to anyone seeking personal and financial improvement.

In addition to Hill's many personal true-life examples of the principles in action, there are also contemporary illustrations featuring dynamos like Bill Gates, Peter Lynch, and Donna Karan.

No other Napoleon Hill book has addressed these 17 principles so completely and in such precise detail.

For the millions of loyal Napoleon Hill fans and for those who discover him each year, Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success promises to be a valuable and important guide on the road to riches.