Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison, inventor
Coming from Thomas Edison, that aphorism really means something.
Credited with the invention of the lightbulb, Edison famously failed a whole lot of times before finally finding the right material for the lightbulb’s filament. During an interview with the NY Times, Edison said:
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.”
A recurring theme in the lives of most successful people is failure. In fact, the more successful you are, usually the more times you have failed.
What separates winners from losers is the dogged determination they show to get back up after they’ve been knocked to the ground and try again.
Anyone can quit. It’s easy and it’s natural.
Some people beat themselves up and take their failure to mean that they are stupid or worthless or doomed to never amount to anything.
Other people blame everyone and everything but themselves.
What both these groups of people have in common is that their failure will define them, because the word failure is only written in ink beside our names when we stop trying. Then it becomes permanent. Until then, it’s written in pencil, easily erased.
Simply try again and again and again until you succeed, and when that glorious moment arrives, everyone will think you are an overnight success. Why? Because a thousand failures are forgotten in one victory.
When you fail, learn from it, then put it behind you. With each attempt, be confident that this time you will succeed. Sooner or later you will. Like Thomas Edison said, there are only so many times you can fail before you get it right, and each failure puts you one step closer.
When you think of it like that, every failure is really a small victory leading to the big one!