“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” — Thomas A. Edison, light bulb inventor (1847 - 1931)

Thomas Edison was the inventor of the light bulb – an object that has revolutionised our lives today. Can you imagine having to live without an electric light in the house? For those who were born after the discovery, it cannot be imagined.

But something not everyone knows is that he is thought to have tried at least 10,000 different variations – all of which failed – before he had his “lightbulb moment!” (Sorry about that!) What, on earth, must it have felt like to try to do something 10,000 times before you get it right? I certainly cannot imagine it! Can you?

How many times do you try to do something, before giving up and telling yourself that you can’t do it, or it can’t be done. What if Edison had tried just 9,000 times, or 9,500, or even 9,999 and then thrown in the towel and given up? 

What would you like to do today, that you have tried in the past, and haven’t been successful? Because, according to Edison, you have been successful and finding ways that won’t work. Maybe it’s time to re-think, get back to the drawing board, and seek that one in 10,000 variation that will actually work for you? Let us know if you do!

Coming soon – #MondayMotivation booklet, with a collection of quotes.