Thomas Edison Failed 10,000 Times

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Thomas Edison estimated he failed at making the light bulb 10,000 and was proud of it. After he did, he said, if I didn't have it working by now, I would still be trying other ways to make it work.

Failure is just one more way of not doing something. Don't give up and take it for what it is, a cold hard lesson.
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  • Profile picture of the author krtinberg
    This is one of the main things I lived by.. Success comes to those with perseverance. Failure is just an opportunity to learn something new.
  • Profile picture of the author janicelou
    so true! the average man tries once. fails.. and says " THATS IMPOSSIBLE "

    join the great.. .try, try, and try again
  • Profile picture of the author KevinBolty
    Nothing is impossible.

    Failure is not trying!

    Never Give Up Guys!
  • Profile picture of the author JoeUK
    Imagine he packed it in after the 9999th attempt - now would have been a real failure!
    • Profile picture of the author The Marketeer
      Originally Posted by JoeUK View Post

      Imagine he packed it in after the 9999th attempt - now would have been a real failure!
      Yeh, not only that but we'd probably all still be using torches for light. I admire his perseverance.

      It would be nice to know how he made a living while he was finding a way to make the light bulb work.
  • Profile picture of the author ThatMichaelKid
    Thanks for this, this is exactly what I needed to pick myself up from being in the depressing zone of failing. I remember the story, so inspirational. Thanks again.
  • Profile picture of the author Arima Brunson
    I have read a lot of Bio, and most of the successful people always tell they failed 100s of times but from each failure they learned "what does not work..."
  • Profile picture of the author uebomoyi
    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I actually read this in a book and it really encouraged me. It's nice to see someone else is bringing this up because it is so true. A lot of people who are successful now a days actually failed a lot more then they succeeded and it feels nice to here such a thing cause I've failed a lot myself. The main thing is just to keep striving and being persistent. I believe I heard the term before that "failure is your friend" I couldn't agree more and I have been failing and learning ever since...=) thanks again for starting this thread..

    James
  • Profile picture of the author gearys57
    yes i have heard this too, you got to keep trying
  • Profile picture of the author andy moore
    "Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius
    • Profile picture of the author kirbymarketingconcierge
      glanced at a self imp. book last month about the need for
      practice (failure or Edison inventing 10,000 ways to Not build a light bulb)) .

      those that do become the best, those that don't, stay average.

      they studied a ice skater and her risky move in which other professional skaters would not attempt it in practice.

      they estimated, for the year she would have to fall on her butt 1,000's of times
      to get it right.
  • Profile picture of the author That Guy
    So true, here at university people are used to the 90%+ that they get in highschool that when they get ecen a 70% they start to freak out. Some can't even get over it. What I'm trying to get at is that this is true for almost every situation in life. Adversity has to be faced with strength not fear, and we can't let our failures get the best of us.

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