You Failed this Year? Try Again!
Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time, began to work at an early age and continued to work right up until his death. Throughout his prolific career as an inventor, he was well known for his hard work, doggedness and perseverance.
During his career, Edison patented a lot of inventions, including the electric light, the phonograph, and the motion-picture camera. These three inventions gave rise to giant industries—electric utilities, phonograph and record companies, and the film industry— thus changing the work and leisure habits of people throughout the world.
Edison worked on his experiments with extraordinary intensity. He lived in his laboratory, getting along on four hours of sleep a day and eating meals brought to him by an assistant. He often kept vigils of 48 and even 72 hours when an experiment neared completion. Often, as in the cases of the electric light, the storage battery, and the experiments on synthetic rubber, success or failure depended on the discovery of a suitable material. In each case, he conducted thousands of experiments to find the right materials.
In his early years, his teachers said he was ‘too stupid to learn anything”. He was also fired from his first two jobs because he was termed “unproductive”.
Edison, despite outstanding success, failed frequently. In fact, it sometimes took thousands of attempts to perfect his experimentation. Even when he carried out some experiments without immediate results, he wasn’t discouraged.
Even for his biggest failures, he didn’t spend a lot of time in regrets, or calling pity party.
When asked about his lack of results in some experiments, Edison promptly responded, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!”
During Edison’s lifetime, he received honours from all parts of the world. In 1881, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour for developing electric power distribution systems. Italy made him a Grand Officer of the Crown in 1889, and he received awards from the government of Chile, Britain, Japan, Russia, and many other nations. American businessman, Henry Ford, spent several million dollars to erect a museum of industry in Dearborn, Michigan. The museum consisted largely of a collection of Edison’s inventions. In 1929, the museum held a celebration called Light’s Golden Jubilee, to mark the 50th anniversary of the invention of the electric light.
Your 2020 Disappointments Don’t
2020 has been a challenging year. How have you fared? Have you failed sadly in the achievement of your goals?
Did you try but had no success?
Have you been rejected by those you think will assist you this year?
You had zero achievements in your career or business this year?
Have you made terrible errors this year?
Are you still without a spouse after numerous vigils, prayer sessions and other activities with the hope of getting one?
What exactly is the pain in your heart?
Please, understand that you might not have reached your goals but you still have life, and you can still achieve whatever you failed to achieve this year. Inasmuch as you are thinking of those who have gone far ahead of you, also remember those who have achieved all, but are nowhere to be found.
Edison failed, but he continued working hard and he was eventually celebrated. You might have had a woeful year, but with hard work and the God-factor, you will still achieve your plans, goals and you will be celebrated!
You failed this year, try again!
Be an Edison!