Her eyes welled with tears as she read the letter out loud to her child. “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good enough teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.”
Many years after Edison’s mother had died, he became one of the greatest inventors of the century.
One day he was going through a closet and he found the folded letter that his old teacher wrote his Mother that day. He opened it. The message written on the letter was: “Your son is mentally deficient. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.”
Edison became emotional reading it and then wrote in his diary: “Thomas A. Edison was a mentally deficient child whose mother turned him into the genius of the Century.”
A positive word of encouragement can help change anyone’s destiny.
Although it’s widely known that Edison struggled with learning as a child and only attended public school for a short time, there is much conjecture on the internet as to whether this story about his teacher is true. No one knows. Regardless, it illustrates the importance of both owning your own engagement and never letting others ruin your outcomes or future. If people don’t believe in you or the mission you’re committed to, it shouldn’t affect your own personal drive. This is true at school, at work, and in your personal life. Never let people put you down!