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Following in Thomas Edison's footsteps

By FFJournal staff

"Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America's Greatest Inventor" outlines a plan for success and achievement that's inspired by Thomas Edison. Authors Michael J. Gelb and Sarah Miller Caldicott break down the famous innovator's process of discovery and accomplishment, and they lay out a step-by-step method of how people can apply Edison's work style to their lives to help them become successful in today's ever-growing competitive marketplace.

Where there's a will
Edison succeeded at innovation, and his pioneering accomplishments changed the world of science and communications. We know Edison is responsible for the electric light bulb, the phonograph and moving pictures, among other groundbreaking inventions. But what's not as well known is how Edison repeatedly pushed himself to achieve such great success.

As Gelb and Caldicott explain, Edison developed such passion and drive for creating successful products that he began to study the act of creating. He formed specific processes to increase his chances of success with inventions--what we now call innovation best practices. Edison always did his homework before working on a new idea, reading and researching everything available on the subject and then mapping out his path to eventual success.

From the classroom to the boardroom
With Edison as their role model, the authors reveal a comprehensive system for success that targets everyone from students to CEOs. Presented in a step-by-step fashion, their five competencies of innovation provide the tools and strategies needed to compete, and win, in both the business world and everyday life. The system isn't just for those striving for great, Edison-like innovation, but for anyone wanting to achieve personal success. The model can be applied to everything, from a research project in graduate school to getting a small company off the ground to running a global corporation. Readers should expect to learn not only about Edison's life and the immense effort he put into developing a method for making his inventions successful but also how the master of innovation can help you achieve your goals, whatever those may be. FFJ

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