Thomas Edison: Stepping on failure to stand tall

Besides inventing the incandescent light bulb that he’s greatly revered for, Thomas Edison is in equal measures idolized for thousands of failures endured before making that achievement. Considered one of the most persistent people in recorded history, the world we live in was revolutionized as a result of his famous inventions.
The incandescent light bulb invention was especially plagued with the most failures but the persistence he deployed saw him develop other great inventions. Other prodigious inventions by Thomas include telegraphs, telephones, batteries, cement and phonographs.

In this respect then, reckon and ask yourself, how many of your endeavors have you tried and failed without even considering trying again for the second time? Was it playing the guitar or learning a new language?
Unlike you, the perseverance displayed by Thomas Edison helped him build a number of amazing things. As a result of this great man’s ingenuity, a number of modern conveniences can be attributed to him. In brief, we can learn a few things from Edison:

1. Persistence

It took Edison a period of fifty years for him to achieve any viable success in his many efforts of creating an incandescent light bulb that was long lasting. The goal was to find a type of material that was compatible in order to form a long-lasting filament. Originally, he put to use platinum but it only got to work for only two hours. Next, he tried experimenting with Carbon as its melting point was the highest. When this failed to produce the desired results, he tried using chromium, boron, nickel, platinum, molybdenum and even platinum once more. In the end, Thomas found a way of making Carbon function as the material for the filament and was able to light it for more than 40 hours.
We learn a very important lesson from the persistence that Edison displayed. If you are trying out something, never stop or settle for less. Always aim for the top and if you fall short of your expectations, TRY AGAIN!

2. Meeting the unmet need

The classical philosophy of marketing dictates that you should strive to fill the need that hasn’t been met. All inventions of Thomas Edison followed the simple trend of being practical things that the majority of the population needed, this included the phonograph, light bulb, batteries, etc.
Not only could Thomas invent things, he did invent practical things. Everyone can boast of a practical skill that they can put out there and offer the world, and just as the world was in need of the talents of Edison, it also needs yours. Do you have any ideas that would meet an unmet need in the world? What do you see around that needs improvement? This was the same kind of pondering done by Edison to get him to the level he reached.

3. Determination

Deep in his heart, Edison knew that he could make an invention with determination. The quest for inventing the light bulb took Thomas Edison a period of about four years. Edison in regard to his experiments in electric light said he was never discouraged or had any inclination to become hopeless. He knew there was a way of making the light bulb function and for it becoming a viable product for the general public use.

For those of us engrossed in obtaining goals, this is a very valuable lesson. You also should ask yourself this, how determined are you that you are going to attain success? Is your attitude right to accomplish the goals regardless of the shortcomings?

Thomas Edison managed to see thousands of better ways to perform things. He had to make things literally happen in order to become successful. He never saw all the failures he had encountered as really being “failures”. He famously said that even if he found 10,000 ways that something didn’t work he didn’t regard that as failure and that he couldn’t be discouraged. He emphasized that each wrong attempt discarded is nothing but a step forward towards success. Consequently, we should learn to turn our own mistakes into learning experiences and be persistent.