The light bulb revolutionized the modern world. This invention was the key stepping stone to indoor lighting, TV, film and other modern technological advances. The inventor of it, Thomas Edison, didn’t invent this incredible source of light in one try. Or in 10 or 20. Edison failed innumerable times in his attempt to invent a light bulb that would produce light and conduct electricity. Why didn’t he give up after 80 tries? Or 100? Because every time he failed, he became one step closer to the right invention.
“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward….”
Thomas Edison failed over and over and over again. Often with failure comes disappointment and a wanting to quit. However, despite the despair, frustration, and disappointment, Edison must have felt as he struggled to come up with different versions of the light bulb, Edison persevered. Despite the odds, Edison kept going until he invented a light bulb that worked.
Failure brings out one’s true self. During his hundreds of attempts to invent a working light bulb, Edison’s true character shined through. This had to be one of the most challenging times in his career. Nevertheless, Edison showed the world his true character. He was driven. He recognized the opportunity that was placed before him and he didn’t wait for someone else to take to take it. Edison was persistent.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”.
Edison didn’t give up, even when his hundreds of attempts to create the light bulb didn’t work. He could have given up very easily. But, he was persistent with the idea which made it possible for him to end up with a solution that worked. He was determined. He recognized the opportunity that was before him and was not going to let it pass by. He was determined to keep working on his inventions. Edison believed in himself enough to hold out until he received the outcome that he was searching for.
If Edison had invented a light bulb that worked on the first try, he would have never proven to the world just how driven and determined he was. People would have only thought of him as a lucky inventor. Hard work pays off. Failing pays off. It is through failures that people show their true character. It is also through failure that people become one step closer to their desired outcome. Failure is not a step back in life, failure is a step back from the wrong direction and two steps forward in the right direction.
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Originally published on Sincerely M.