Business, Edison and Nikola Tesla

When it comes to dealing with failure and focusing on goals, Thomas Edison and his light bulb is one of the most mentioned stuff out there. How he tried a thousand times just to get it right and he did not quit with each failure thinking that each failure eliminates one more thing that doesn’t work bringing him closer to success.

Edison is admirable I’d say but then someone pointed out to me how inefficient Edison’s ways are. This guy is Nikola Tesla. No, I didn’t travel back in time. I was merely reading about him lately.

Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla

Two inventors, two different methods…

Tesla was once Edison’s assistant who eventually became his rival. Nikola Tesla thinks that Thomas Edison’s approach to his inventions was, I already said, inefficient. He thinks and believes that Edison is wasting a lot of time and resources with his hit and miss approach to things. Both inventors make mistakes and learn from their failures but Tesla prefers encountering his failures before he takes action as much as possible.

But how credible is Nikola Tesla? I guess the best way to put it is that he’s as credible as all the modern Alternating Current electric generators all over the world that’s powering the entire world right now. Yup, we owe all that to Tesla and his approach to inventing things. It’s been said that Tesla can draw up a schematic of what he wanted to build in his mind. It seems like this guy has AutoCad installed in his brain.

Applying it to Business

There are two ways to approach business. The Edison Hit and Miss Approach or the Tesla Systematic Approach. Yup, I just came up with those words but bear with me.

If you don’t know exactly what to do and you have lots of resources and time in your hands then the hit and miss approach might work for you. But now that I’m thinking of it, Tesla’s approach is definitely more efficient – both saving in time and money.

Think and plan ahead on the things that you want to do and envision the results before you even do them. Visualize the things that you want to achieve and do them. Now, I don’t want you to come up with wishful thinking here. Instead, come up with a workable solution to the problem that you want to solve. Do you want to make money? Think of the steps that you need to do in order to achieve that.

That’s what separates the business man owning the company and the typical salesman who pitches his products to just about everybody he knows. Both make money and both have results but the business man has a working system in his hand while the salesman has persistence – lots of it. The business man knows whom to approach, the salesman doesn’t care.

In the end it all boils down to your personality. Is persistence your strength or are you a thinker? Are you a soldier or a strategist? Do you learn from your mistakes or do you prefer to prefer learning from the mistakes of others?

I’m a programmer and I tend to go by the Tesla method. I think logically and systematically trying to see the results of my actions even before I make a step. I don’t always get it right but I sure am more efficient than many people I know. And if I fail, then I learn from that failure.

So who gets the money in the end? Tesla or Edison? Well, actually back in the days it was George Westinghouse who won – he made loads of cash out of it but that’s a lesson for another day.

What about you? Are you an Edison or a Tesla?


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