Thomas Edison and Our Potential
At age 12 Thomas Edison came home from school and handed a sealed envelope to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this to me and told me to give it only to my mother.”
As his mother Nancy read the note here eyes became full of tears... "What does it say mother?" She then took a breath and read it out loud to her child: "Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself."
That she did and the rest it seems... is history. Thomas Edison became one of the greatest inventors of the century.
Many, many years, after Edison’s mother death, Edison was looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written: "Your son has a severe learning disability and is mentally deficient. We won’t let him come to school any more. He is expelled."
Edison cried for hours and then wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was a mentally deficient child with severe learning disability that, by a hero of a mother, became the genius of the century.”