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Thomas Edison on failure

Thomas Edison on failure

Thomas Edison's most memorable invention was the light bulb, which purportedly took him 1,000 tries before he developed a successful prototype: How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1,000 times, Edison responded. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

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MORE IDEAS FROM Why Failure Is Good for Success | SUCCESS

Failure and defeat are life’s greatest teachers [but] sadly, most people, and particularly conservative corporate cultures, don’t want to go there...Instead they choose to play it safe, to fly below the radar, repeating the same safe choices over and over again. They operate under the belief that if they make no waves, they attract no attention; no one will yell at them for failing because they generally never attempt anything great at which they could possibly fail (or succeed).” 

 - Ralph Heath

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The prevailing school of thought in progressive companies—such as Intuit, General Electric, Corning and Virgin Atlantic—is that great success depends on great risk, and failure is simply a common byproduct. Executives of such organizations don’t mourn their mistakes but instead parlay them into future gains.

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  • Maintain a Positive Attitude so that, no matter what you encounter, you’ll be able to see the lessons of the experience and continue to push forward.
  • Reading and Listening to Motivational Material so that you will stay positive.

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We are taught from a young age that failure is bad and something to fear. But, failure is an excellent stepping stone to success. 

We never learn to move out of our comfort zone if we don’t overcome our fear of failure.

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Thomas Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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What Perspective Taking Is

It’s the ability to take on someone else’s point of view when thinking.

By taking yourself out of the equation, the motivations of your opponent becomes clearer. And by understanding the other side’s true motivations, you’re in a better position to anticipate their responses and offer them an acceptable compromise.

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