Edison's 10,000 - Developing Persistence.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
~ Thomas A. Edison ~
You've probably heard of the story of Thomas Edison and his team attempting to replace gaslight by finding the right type of filament, to produce a safe and inexpensive electrical light. Whether or not he actually tried 10,000 times, the story itself is iconic, and a great example of perseverance through CHALLENGE and adversity.
One key aspect you might not have considered is Edison didn't know that the 10,000th try would actually work. What if the 10,000th bulb had failed? What if instead, it wouldn't be until he tried 100,000 times before he found a solution?! Would edison have kept going? Would we?
When we are in the thick of it, it's hard to see the light at the end. Think about the day-to-day living he had to go through -
- experiment #15 --> fail.
- experiment #16 --> fail.
- experiment #17--> fail...
10,000 is a strong number, think of it instead as experiencing one individual failure, 10,000 times! Yet Edison kept going. He persevered. Through daily effort and continuous experimentation, Edison developed resiliency. How you might ask? By believing that he would eventually find a solution to the CHALLENGE he was facing, and having fun while doing so.
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."
~ Thomas Edison ~
Failure is Feedback. Good or Bad, it's simply a way of looking at what's working and what's not. If something's not working figure out how to fix it.
I don't know about you, but I tend to feel discouraged when something doesn't work, and continues to not work. We tend to experience failure and this type of negative feedback on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is, we don't know if what we're doing right now is leading us towards a successful destination. -- Don't give in to this hopelessness.
Failure today does not mean failure tomorrow and forever after. We just have to pick ourselves up and keep going, no matter how difficult that may be.
The difference between having an ordinary life and an extraordinary one, is the amount of care and persistent effort we give. Failing sucks while in the middle of it, but there's always a lesson in there somewhere, or a way to spin our failures into new endeavors.
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense."
~ Thomas A. Edison ~
You can find a solution to your problem. You can make your life better if you want it to be. You just have to be willing to believe that you can, and be persistent even when you falter. Remember, you are your own Renaissance.