Sail Through Fail

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What does it mean to fail? If we fail, does that mean we are a failure or does it mean that we have learned something that puts us one step closer to succeeding? Thomas Edison believed each experiment was one step closer to finding a solution.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison stated, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent light bulb by lighting twenty-five lightbulbs on New Year’s Eve 1879. Though the first light bulb was invented in 1841, inventors failed to produce a safe, bright and affordable bulb until Edison and his assistants succeeded with a high-resistance, carbon filament.1

“In the period from 1878 to 1880, Edison and his associates worked on at least three thousand different theories to develop an efficient incandescent lamp. And they tested no fewer than 6,000 vegetable growths.”2

The light bulb was an invention with 10,000 steps. ~Thomas Edison

Edison stated, “The electric light has caused me the greatest amount of study and has required the most elaborate experiments. I was never myself discouraged, or inclined to be hopeless of success. I cannot say the same for all my associates.”3

“Even though he didn’t dream up the first light bulb, Edison’s work with light bulbs was a spark of brilliance on the timeline of invention.”4

When Edison was asked by a reporter how it felt to fail 10,000 times? Edison replied, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. The light bulb was an invention with 10,000 steps.”5

Edison is an inspiration to us in fail means we learn ‘what not to do’ and can bring clarity in ‘what to do’ to reach success. Edison is an encouragement in perseverance.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas Edison

History is filled with people who failed in their first attempt, yet they persevered and eventually succeeded. And the Bible is full of people who failed to obey God immediately (Jonah) or failed morally (Moses, David), yet God walked with them, restored them, and continued to use them.

Wherever we are in the journey, if we persevere, we will finish our days hearing, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” Not because of what we’ve accomplished, but because we didn’t quit, and because we continued to walk with God. God is love. And Love never fails.6

What is one thing you can do today that will help you sail through the fail – to turn past obstacles of failure into present-day opportunities to learn and grow for future success?

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References:

1 Klein, Christopher. When Edison Turned Night into Day. Published December 17, 2014, updated September 4, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.history.com/news/when-edison-turned-night-into-day

2 Edison’s Lightbulb. Published by The Franklin Institute. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.fi.edu/history-resources/edisons-lightbulb

3 (Franklin Institute)

4 (Franklin Institute)

5 Lichtman. Stuart. Who said, “I didn’t fail 10,000 Times? Published in 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from http://stuartlichtman.com/who-said-i-didnt-fail-10000-times/

6 Matthew 25:21 b; 1 John 4:16b; 1 Corinthians 13:8a NASB

Edison’s Lightbulb. Published by The Franklin Institute. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.fi.edu/history-resources/edisons-lightbulb

Klein, Christopher. When Edison Turned Night into Day. Published December 17, 2014, updated September 4, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.history.com/news/when-edison-turned-night-into-day

Lichtman. Stuart. Who said, “I didn’t fail 10,000 Times? Published in 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from http://stuartlichtman.com/who-said-i-didnt-fail-10000-times/

New American Standard Bible. Copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Bible Scriptures were retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.biblegateway.com #bgbg2 #BibleGateway

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