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Successful Failure


A speech so good I have to post it twice.

Failure is an interesting concept, no? Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” We fail because we don’t persist; we give up when things go wrong. Edison also said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration” and I believe him. Edison claims to have spent 18 hours a day working (mostly pacing and thinking), and sleeping only 5-6 hours daily. Holding over 1000 patents, I would say he was fairly successful at life (understatement).

I’ve recently been finding failure is necessary for success. By chance, you will often find yourself at a crossroads between perseverance and apathy. You might only get one opportunity to succeed, so take advantage or tomorrow you will be sorry. Remember, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

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