“I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
– THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.
This quote is very insightful. It provokes one to ask themselves many questions. What does it mean for one to fail 700 times, what is it for one to fail once? Does one get up and keep going? Does one stop after the first try? How long does one continue to fail before ceasing? How does one feel when they fail? How does one recover from failure? If one stops before being successful, what has one lost? Is it worth it for one to accept failure? Can one accept failure as a form of success? How does one determine success? Is one’s view of success another’s failure? If one’s failure another’s success?
“When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” – this is truly a profound statement from the lips of a brilliant man.