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PMA and Stoicism in Nikola Tesla’s Inventions


“Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities” and “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nikola Telsa

There is also a power to PMA science and Stoicism in Nikola Telsa’s inventions. PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude, and Tesla’s inventions were the result of his relentless commitment to the power of PMA science. He believed that by maintaining a positive attitude and rejecting negative thoughts and emotions, he could achieve anything he set his mind to. Similarly, Stoicism was a huge influence in his life, and he used its teachings to stay focused on his goals and strive for success.

We are introduced to Nikola Telsa in this short blog post! With his focus on Stoic teachings, Tesla was driven to reach his goals and achieve success. He is an inspirational figure that we have the privilege of learning more about in this short blog post.

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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, and physicist who is best known for his groundbreaking contributions to the design of modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply systems. He was born on July 10, 1856, in the Austrian Empire (now Croatia) and died on January 7, 1943, in New York City, United States. Tesla was a remarkable figure who changed the course of human history with his innovative ideas, strong work ethic, and positive mental attitude (PMA). His legacy lives on to this day, with the Tesla name becoming synonymous with innovation, creativity, and a never-ending quest for knowledge.

Tesla’s life story is a testament to the power of resilience and perseverance. He faced numerous challenges throughout his career, including financial difficulties, legal battles, and personal setbacks. However, he never lost his determination or his belief in his abilities. He once said, “The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” This quote reflects his unwavering commitment to his work and his unshakeable belief in himself. His legacy is a reminder that no matter how many obstacles life throws your way, they can be overcome with dedicated work, dedication, and a positive attitude.

Tesla was a firm believer in the power of a positive mental attitude (PMA) and stoicism. He believed that these two philosophies were essential to achieving success in any endeavor, including scientific research and invention. For instance, Tesla wrote that “Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities” and “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

Tesla’s accomplishments are numerous and varied. He was responsible for inventing the Tesla coil, which is used in many electronic devices today, including radios and televisions. He also developed the alternating current (AC) electrical system, which is the basis for the modern power grid. The Tesla coil was created in 1891 by Nikola Tesla. It is a high-frequency transformer that is capable of transmitting very high voltage at a low current. Tesla invented the Tesla coil in an effort to design a “wireless” lighting system. The Tesla coil creates an oscillating electric field that can be used to power light bulbs without the need for wires. Additionally, he created the Tesla turbine, which is still used today in some power plants. The Tesla turbine was invented by Nikola Tesla in 1913. It employs the boundary layer phenomenon rather than the fluid impinging on the surface of the blades. It’s a low-torque high-rpm motor. Thus, applications can be somewhat restricted in the ordinary sense of what we think of as uses for other devices. The Tesla turbine was invented in 1913 and was first used in power plants.

A positive mental attitude is a concept that has been around for centuries. It is the idea that a person’s thoughts and emotions have a direct impact on their behavior and outcomes. By focusing on constructive thoughts and emotions, a person can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Tesla was a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, and he often used visualization techniques to help him focus on his goals and stay motivated.

Tesla’s success can be attributed in part to his positive mental attitude (PMA). He was a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, and he used this mindset to overcome the many obstacles he faced in his life. In his book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale describes how PMA can help people achieve their goals and overcome their fears. Tesla was an excellent example of this philosophy in action, as he used his PMA to maintain his focus and stay motivated in the face of adversity.

Another key element of Tesla’s success was his adherence to stoicism. This ancient Greek philosophy teaches individuals to focus on what they can control and accept what they cannot. Tesla was known for his self-discipline, and he worked tirelessly to achieve his goals. His commitment to stoicism helped him stay focused on his work and avoid distractions. This philosophy is still relevant today and can help people manage stress and improve their mental well-being.

Stoicism, on the other hand, is a philosophy that has its roots in Ancient Greece and farther back to Mesopotamia. It is based on the idea that people should focus on what they can control and accept what they cannot control. This means that individuals should not waste their time and energy worrying about things that are outside their control. Instead, they should focus on their own actions and reactions.

Tesla used stoicism to help him cope with failure and setbacks. He believed that failure was an essential part of the invention process and that it was necessary to learn from mistakes in order to improve. By accepting failure as a natural part of the process, Tesla was able to stay focused on his goals and maintain his motivation.

One example of Tesla’s use of PMA and stoicism can be seen in his work on the Tesla coil. The Tesla coil is a type of resonant transformer circuit that is used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high-frequency alternating-current electricity. Tesla worked on the design of the Tesla coil for many years, and he encountered numerous setbacks and failures along the way.

Despite these setbacks, Tesla maintained a positive attitude and remained focused on his goal. He used visualization techniques to imagine the finished product, and he used stoicism to help him learn from his mistakes and keep moving forward. In the end, Tesla’s persistence paid off, and he was able to invent the Tesla coil, which is still found today in many applications, including wireless communication and high-frequency power supplies. For instance, the Tesla coil is found in modern electronics such as radios and televisions and is essential for many medical procedures such as MRI scans.

Aside from that, without Nikola Tesla’s keen interest, imagination, setbacks, and goals, we might not have alternating current (AC) in our houses and Elon Musk might not have used the AC induction motor, the basis of Tesla’s electric drivetrain. Nikola Tesla is also the source of the name Tesla! It was on May 1, 1888, that the United States issued Nikola Tesla Patent No. 381,968 for “Electro Magnetic Motor”. As one of history’s most groundbreaking inventions, Tesla’s alternating current (AC) motor was described in the patent.

Today, the principles of PMA and Stoicism are still relevant and can be used in our everyday lives. By focusing on positive thoughts and emotions, we can overcome obstacles and achieve our goals. By accepting what we cannot control and focusing on our own actions and reactions, we can reduce stress and improve our overall well-being.

Psychology can also be used to support these principles. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example, is a type of therapy that is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. By changing our thoughts, we can change our feelings and behaviors. This can help us adopt a more positive mindset and overcome obstacles.

In addition to PMA and stoicism, psychology can also play a significant role in achieving success. Positive psychology, in particular, focuses on developing a positive mindset and building resilience. This approach emphasizes the importance of gratitude, mindfulness, and self-compassion in achieving success and maintaining mental health.

Overall, Nikola Tesla’s life and work offer many valuable lessons for individuals looking to achieve success in their own lives. By cultivating a positive mental attitude, practicing stoicism, and incorporating insights from psychology, individuals can build the resilience and determination necessary to achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives. Tesla’s life was marked by tremendous highs and lows, but through it all, he remained determined and focused on his ambitions. He also believed in the power of positive thinking, which helped him push through the hardships and adversities that he encountered. With these lessons in mind, individuals can strive to achieve their goals and make the most of their lives. For example, when Thomas Edison dismissed Tesla’s ideas, he refused to be discouraged and instead kept pushing forward with his own inventions.

In conclusion, Nikola Tesla’s achievements were not just the result of his intellect and technical expertise, but also his use of a positive mental attitude and stoicism. These principles helped him maintain focus, overcome obstacles, and achieve his goals. Today, we can use these principles in our everyday lives to improve our well-being and pursue our own goals. By adopting a positive mindset and accepting what we cannot control, we can reduce stress and achieve success in all areas of our lives.

This is because having a positive outlook helps us to focus on what we can do instead of getting stuck in pessimism. By accepting our limitations and being mindful of our thoughts and actions, we can identify and tackle our obstacles more effectively. When we are aware of our ability to take control of our lives, it gives us the motivation and determination to pursue our goals.

My horizons have also been expanded by Nikolas’ imagination, which has led me to pursue some of my small and larger goals in the future. Here are two examples: when I write my books and how I plan to build the platform for PMA Science University. When I map it up in my mind, I tend to visualize it. Even though I’m still a beginner at mapping everything in my head, Telsa’s biography and books still serve as a kind of mentor to me.


If you want to read more about Nikola Tesla, I would recommend the following books about him:

My Inventions and Other Writings

Wizard: The Life And Times Of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

Very Truly Yours, Nikola Tesla


Tell us what you know about Nikola Tesla and how his keen way of thinking can inspire you to pursue your goals.


Jay Pacheco

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Frank Johansen

    Interesting reading. I react on one thing: “By accepting what we cannot control”, In my mind and understanding of founders ideology, to achieve new goals, they must overcome this challenges. Solve them or find a good way around. If you solve, it’s a Victory!

    I think many people don’t know that changing their attitude and mind setting into a positiv thinking can change their future dramatically. Reading about PMA is interesting. I have the feeling I have this attitude, but never consider that this had a name “PMA”. Positiv thinking and a playful live, is clue to stay positiv. When I meet challenges or hard times, I’m still able to overcome them and see new forward. Every new day, gives new possibilities.

    “Stay positiv and be Happy” Best Regards Frank

  2. Frank Johansen

    An answer to you introduction of this article. I have three persons I would like to talk with:
    1. Kennedy
    2. Marthin Luther King

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