Who can say they never failed at something? The ability to learn from failures is what sets apart the people who succeed from those who struggle. There are many examples of people who started with failure and went on to experience great success.
One of the most famous examples of learning from failure was Thomas Edison and the invention of the light bulb. While he also invented the phonograph, carbon telephone transmitter, electric power distribution, fluoroscopy, motion picture kinetoscope, and many other devices, the light bulb comes first to most people’s minds.
Nobody really knows how many attempts Edison made in trying to invent the light bulb, but the numbers range from between 1,000 and 10,000 attempts. Think of his quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
In Edison, we’re looking at the elements of challenge. We see him continuing to try even when he fails. He learns from his failures. Finally, he redefines failure as looking at things differently—”10,000 ways that don’t work.”