Determined to win in the story of my life
Did you, who read this, ever figure what a scant chance you had of getting here? Edison Determination — its the key to all human success. We must radiate success before it will come to us.
The story of my life summary
But the real foundation is faith. Aside from one uncle who seemed fairly well-informed, I do not remember that a single one of my mother's brothers and sisters cared at all for books. The hundredth time I am right. This indicates that he came of plebeian stock, for there were also an Episcopalian and a Presbyterian Church in the little town. Where they found the name to which I have answered so many years I never knew. Mere enrollment will not make one a scholar; the pupil must continue in the school through the long course, until he masters every branch. One could imagine a more pleasant means of livelihood, but, almost any trade is bearable if the customers are sure. And why was it that of my mother's family she was the only one that cared for books? I wish I knew more about his youth; it might furnish some interesting data as to the development of the family and the pranks of heredity and environment. Why not me? Apparently his father did not care for books, and certainly conveyed no fondness for learning to his other sons and daughters.
Not only were there no books in my grandfather's house, but there were practically none anywhere in the community. Why did one brother not care at all for books? I am doing this as a boy plays baseball by the hour or dances through the night. What had I to do with this momentous first step?
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. I am interested not in the way that I have fashioned the world, but in the way that the world has moulded me. One could imagine a more pleasant means of livelihood, but, almost any trade is bearable if the customers are sure.
Almost forgotten men, women and children reappear along the far-off shore, and their shadows are reflected back in dimmed or magnified outlines in the softly setting sun.
It would be hopeless to search for the happenings and doings of an obscure man. I am doing it because it helps topass away the time that still remains.
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