Thomas Edison, one of the best-known innovators in American history, is credited with the invention of the light bulb. However, it didn’t come to him in a flash of inspiration…like a light bulb over his head. It came to be after many failed attempts.
During the middle of his gruelling experimentation process, an assistant commented on “yet another failure,” to which Edison replied, “I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
Many failures are stepping stones to successful endeavors.
Silly Putty was discovered when NASA scientists were working on new rubber polymers for space travel. Engineers stumbled upon the Slinky when designing new springs for machinery.
The trick to success is to embrace your failures, no matter how catastrophic, as learnings and insights on your path to new discoveries. The failures may show you what doesn’t work, or they could give you entirely new purpose and direction. In fact, many artists, scientists and innovators will make intentional mistakes in order to push the limits of their creativity and learn from the realm of the unknown.
If you want to find success, start failing, make mistakes, take the hit, and see what you can learn from it. Your life, your projects and your endeavours…whether you realize it or not, are moving you forward, even when you fail.
How can YOU learn, grow and succeed by failing forward?
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