Reaching out to be a mentor

Hello All,

I recently took a tour of Thomas Edison's Glenmount Estate and laboratory complex in East Orange, NJ, managed by the National Parks Service. This inventor who gave the world so many of its modern wonders also left behind a visual and documentary record of his life's work. In this historical collection you see illustrated the impact of Thomas Edison's work on the modern world. Many of the objects are the products of his career as inventor, manufacturer, businessman and private citizen.

Not only was Thomas Edison a brilliant thinker and inventor, he was also noted as a teacher of kindness and compassion. He had a true love for the men and women who worked with him. Thomas Edison did not work alone when he was working on his inventions. He often had assistants helping him set up and run his experiments. The electric light bulb was one of the inventions that Thomas Edison worked on in the late 1870s. He once worked all night to make the first element for the electric light bulb. When Edison was ready to test the element, he gave it to a young boy who was working with him in the lab. The boy dropped the element, causing it to be useless. Edison and his assistants had to spend hours making another element. When it was time to test the element, Edison let the same young boy carry the element. When Edison's assistants gasped at this selection, Edison said, "Think what would have happened to that boy if he carried with him his entire life the sense of failure from dropping the first element without being given the chance to make good."

Thomas Edison encouraged young people. When he saw something special in a young person, he would always try to bring out the best.

Let’s infuse his spirit into our workplace by reaching out to be a mentor, spreading the good news of kindness and compassion.


Be Safe in the Region of Risk

Roger Hughes

Decoding Human Factors, LLC


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