Lessons from failures


Thomas Alva Edison worked at Western Union where he secretly carried on his experiments. One night in 1867 he spilled acid on the floor and ruined it. He was fired. Because of this, he decided to become a full time inventor, becoming a prodigy in his times. It is said that Edison failed 999 times trying to make a working light bulb. He simply said that he had found another wrong way to make it. But he persisted and finished his project.

The saying that says “You only fail where you stop trying” is true. In 1914 his factory was totally burned down. His son, Charles, 24, went running to find his father, who was watching how the fire totally destroyed the place. Edison said to his son as he watched the ruins, ““There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” He also said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Keep renewing your strength. Keep trying. Each day is a new opportunity.

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