Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb, but we all know how that worked out.
Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
He also said, “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Sir James Dyson was the first to invent a vacuum cleaner without a bag. The invention took 15 years and 5,126 failed attempts to finally arrive at the groundbreaking invention. Dyson has since become a vocal advocate for embracing failure, explaining that it was the reason for his success. It’s through our failures that we learn to succeed.
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: - Proverbs 24:16
A Japanese proverb says this way, ”Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quitting does." - Richard Nixon
It’s not about how many times you fail, it’s about how many times you are determined enough to get up again. We all make mistakes on a regular basis, but it's only when we allow our mistakes to be our master that we miss out on the greatness that's ahead of us.
One more quote from Thomas Edison:
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
Don't ever be so intimidated by failure that you give up on your dream.