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The Power of Failure

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

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I failed my way to success.”

-Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison has been hailed as America’s greatest inventor. While he’s best known for inventing the electric light bulb, Edison also holds over one thousand US patents, and many more around the world. His life’s work has had a profound effect on the world as we now know it.

For all his success, however, Edison knew what it was like to fail. In fact, his failed attempts at the light bulb have become almost as legendary as his ultimate success. It took Edison 999 attempts before he got it right.

Edison learned from his failures and used each to move toward success. In other words, it wasn’t the 999 times that didn't work that defined his journey, but the one that finally did.

It is only when we use failure as a learning opportunity that we move one step closer toward success.

Have you harnessed the power of failure?

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