Thomas Edison on Failure


I was just reading a great quote by Thomas Edison about failure.  There are several variations of this quote, but it’s just fantastic.  The backstory is that a reporter asked Thomas Edison about the thousands of experiments he went through to invent the carbon filament – something along the lines of “how does it feel to have failed two thousand times to create the electric filament?”

Thomas Edison replied:

I have not failed, not once.  I’ve discovered ten thousand ways that don’t work.


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