“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas Alva Edison
Another quote by Edison:
“I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. 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.”
Whichever is the correct quote (perhaps both), the idea is great — even if you try and fail, it doesn’t mean that you didn’t learn something. So, keep on trying!
Interestingly, Thomas Edison did not actually invent the light bulb. In 1809 Humphry Davy, an English chemist, invented the first electric light. Edison’s goal was to find a suitable filament to make the incandescent electric light a viable device. He tested thousands of different substances as filaments and sent men all over the world to try to find better materials.
Find out more about Edison, and his first invention – the phonograph.