Learn from Mistakes

by Stephen on September 13, 2008 · 213 comments

in Education

Thomas Edison tried two thousand different materials in search of a filament for the light bulb. When none worked satisfactorily, his assistant complained, “All our work is in vain. We have learned nothing.”

Edison replied very confidently, “Oh, we have come a long way and we have learned a lot. We know that there are two thousand elements which we cannot use to make a good light bulb.”

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1 Abeera February 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

It give us a lesson so please learn from ur mistakes

2 Anamika October 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

It’s really a wonderful comment

3 Vikas October 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm

We are all fallible and everybody in this world has got right to make mistakes and everybody does that but what is important in life is that we should learn from our mistakes.. The one who does not learn aything from one’s past mistakes is unlikely to succed life…..

4 Gkaruna October 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Good thoughts

lead a good life

5 Vijaya November 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

No one in the world get succeed in the first attempt. Those who learn things from mistakes can only lead to success.

6 Chandra Kanth December 19, 2009 at 3:02 am

The above message ‘Learn from mistakes’ is fabulous. Yes everyone has to learn from mistakes, she/he should not make the same mistake. Made mistakes make us learn new inventions/thoughts.

7 Sheik January 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

It’s good to learn from our mistakes but I think it’s also a good way to see the good side of everything.

8 AZAR January 23, 2010 at 6:02 am

To Attain the Success is not an easy one.. We have to face many difficulties..

9 Santhosh February 6, 2010 at 1:38 am

Not realising the mistake is a mistake, but making the mistake is not a mistake. Mistakes can make us to learn us many things.

It is a really good comment.

10 Mike February 20, 2010 at 2:27 am

It’s ok to make a mistake, just don’t repeat THE SAME mistake.

11 Sangeeta.S.H March 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Ya! Realy its so nice. and we also try to think positive only.

12 Ranees March 27, 2010 at 5:41 am

Yes it’s wonderful.

13 Vinod Jadhav May 1, 2010 at 1:13 am

Really its very fantastic. N0 pain no gain. Idea wont work unless and until u work on idea.

14 Chandrashekhar n Chintalwar May 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Great. When mistakes happen they are painful but years later colection of mistakes are leads to success called experience.

15 Suma May 31, 2010 at 7:17 am

Great ! Got to learn and adapt in life …

16 Ninad June 13, 2010 at 4:54 am

mistakes are a part of experience which are great building blocks of life.

17 Prashanti June 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Here thinking between two persons one is positive and the other one in negative, failure and mistakes are common but one should come in such a way to hope for the best from the result and can do it in a better way.

18 Pankaj June 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

Everyone is not achieved success in first attempt. So never give up if u failed. Try 2 find the reason of failure. I hope u will be succeed in next attempt.

19 Gopi chebrolu July 16, 2010 at 1:19 am

Mistakes make one perfect.

20 Girish Barvaliya July 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

That’s the positive attitude. We try to do mistake so we come to learn our mistakes and we will try to improve our task.

21 Ritika Jain August 8, 2010 at 2:30 am

Mistake is the initial step towards success.

22 Venkat August 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

We all know that our failures are stepping stones for our success.

23 Bennet September 23, 2010 at 6:18 am

Nothing is impossible. It’s nice.

24 Rahul September 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

its very good, definitely we should not give up

25 AKSHAY JAIN September 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

Very good comment and very well said by THOMAS ELVA EDISON. WE should always try to learn from our mistakes and we should never get disheartened by the failure of our mistakes

26 LACHU November 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

first to correct the mistakes
second not to repeat the mistakes

i remind the words of Abdul kalam sir:
Good decision comes from experience
Experience comes from bad decision

27 Sumesh Babu November 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Mistakes make one perfect.

28 Biplab January 16, 2011 at 7:06 am

First we should try. If we don’t succeed, we should find out the reason behind our failure. Then avoid the previous mistakes. This way when we keep on trying, we can at a point of time do that work perfectly without any mistakes.

29 Chris February 4, 2011 at 1:33 am

Tha’s what you call… Optimism! =)

30 san February 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm

So nice example ..
one who says I did mistake is not a negative thinker, one who didn’t agree his/her mistake is negative thinker.
Thank you

31 Yash March 3, 2011 at 12:37 am

Every mistake, however small it may be, is a lesson by itself….

32 menard April 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

life fault and trials must be look in positive ways… it will make us strong and thinks more broader

33 karhik April 17, 2011 at 4:15 am


34 Amit Byas April 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

This is what called POSITIVE THINKING

35 Mehul Rajgor May 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Always think positive. Positive thinking brings happiness in our life.

36 Minthang Gangte June 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

Mistakes are Educational.

37 Manas Ranjan Padhi July 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

Hard work never goes unreward, try until the end.

38 Abhishek Jaiswal July 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

Very nice so I used it for me speech!!!

39 Parithi Pop July 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

Best methodology to think + from our losses………..

40 Adarsh August 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Great person.. he inspired me…

41 SOURAV September 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Learn from Mistakes

42 Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011 at 3:07 am

He provided me hope……………………thanks

43 Aishu September 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

Try Try Try until we tired…
Let love the work what we do and do it “The best”
Never get Failed……..

44 HT September 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

Practice makes success

45 Tsering dhundup September 26, 2011 at 5:59 am

These types of motivational stories are helpful when people get frustrated. We shoud learn from our mistakes. There is no person who have become successful without doing any mistakes. So, Never give up n try try until u get success.

46 SRAVAN KUMAR October 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

Hello Friends!
I hope every body agrees that this is 100% true in our lives. Thomas Edison Really did great job.

47 Tatek November 26, 2011 at 4:06 am

Extracting bits of lessons from events, failure or success makes us grate. Thanks for sharing the lesson.

48 Satya December 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

Mistakes give more confident about the success so recognize your mistakes and don’t do the mistakes again and again

49 Latha December 21, 2011 at 12:27 am

There’s nothing wrong in making a mistake but we have to correct ourselves after that.

50 Vikas Tomer December 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm


51 Abhishek December 29, 2011 at 5:08 am

learning depends on your attitude towards the situation…One should think about the problems..but shuold always think towards the solution…

52 Suresh January 12, 2012 at 5:04 am

Wonderful explanation

53 Rupesh musmade January 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

That’s the confidence…

54 Shubham January 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

The person who do mistake is human that is the diffrence btwn us and god

55 Ravi ebizzer January 22, 2012 at 2:20 am

Learn from this , about positive thinking ……….
it is teach us that learning attitude .

56 Rahul Band February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Excellent story..Be positive…..We should always be positive…the more do the mistakes the more we learn…

57 Aastha February 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

Learn from the mistakes of others… there is no time in life to actually commit yours…

58 Pvsmurthy February 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

Try and try until we succeed.

59 Jossy February 15, 2012 at 3:54 am

Nothing is impossible. I have learned that it is important to a strong belief in what we do which results in fruitfulness.

60 Hanna February 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

We should never give up on attempting things which we are afraid to do! coz no one in this world born to be perfect… The more failures, the more lessons we learn… That’s life — it makes us more eager to pursue to be right. POSITIVE THOUGHT is the best a person should have! =)

61 Aneesh kk February 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

Think different do different

62 Rakesh March 8, 2012 at 5:20 am

If we make mistakes, it is not bad but if we repeat those mistakes again & again its very bad

63 Mike March 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

No mistakes, no progress.

64 SkyFlynn March 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Such a nice saying 4m edison

65 Manoj March 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

It is really super. Learn from your mistakes…

66 Belena March 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

Nice story. We can be wrong sometime so we should learn from our mistakes…

67 Atif April 5, 2012 at 5:42 am


68 JUNAID April 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Mistakes, a part of our life. Try to forgive those who have done mistakes, but learn from those mistakes.

69 Shashi April 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

Very impressive and everyone should know this: TRY TRY TRY until you get success but never commit the same mistake, no problem if we don’t succeed at last we end up with a TRIAL…!!!

70 Siddhu April 14, 2012 at 11:57 am


71 Waliyuddin April 15, 2012 at 2:38 am

Oh wonderful!

72 Mostafa April 18, 2012 at 1:05 am


73 Dinesh Aspire April 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

Don’t loose our confidence at any point of time…

74 Dinesh Aspire April 18, 2012 at 3:35 am

Our attempts never fail…….

75 Sankar April 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

A person who quits never wins and the one who wins never quits!!! A bitter truth of the world.

76 Ahad April 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

Learn from mistakes and do not do it again.

77 Nature April 29, 2012 at 3:42 am

It is called positive thinking.

78 Dr. Vijay Vyas May 7, 2012 at 3:09 am

Really GREAT, though small story but conveys a strong and positive message. To err is human, but to learn from that mistake requires a lot of courage ………..


Dr. Vijay Vyas (Ph.d -HR )

79 Jose May 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Brilliant explanation

80 Prabhakar May 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Great thought by great mind.

81 Jegan dev May 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

Really nice story forever……………

82 Shreya Srivastava May 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

Mistake once is good but same mistake reapeated again is foolishness.

83 Cheena May 23, 2012 at 6:51 am

Really very nice…

84 Sandhya May 31, 2012 at 1:50 am

This is a good msg to all of us.

85 pradeep June 3, 2012 at 10:58 am


86 Jamal June 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

It’s a very motivational story so we follow the path and make our life successful………

87 Anand June 10, 2012 at 4:58 am

Even though those have been happening in my life for one decade I have been receiving happily so far. Now I go with Thomas path.

88 Manigandan June 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

It is very important in our day-to-day life. Mistakes make us learn new things.

89 Juliemarg June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

All of us encounter mistakes in life. From it we become strong and better person because we learn, and struggle not to do it again…

90 AVInash reddy June 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

A man is known for his “character” not when he makes mistakes but when he “realizes” his mistakes.

91 AVInash reddy June 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

Mistakes make us to know life better than we know before.

92 Varun June 21, 2012 at 5:17 am

Positive thinking helps to taste the oasis in the mid desert.

93 Kanika July 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

It is very nice.

94 GR Chhetri July 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

Mistakes are important lesson in our life. One should have patience and tolerances to keep on trying despite failing several times in life……

95 Hera July 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

We all make mistakes no one is perfect its unavoidable, but as much as possible if we make mistakes try to learn everyone has the right to do that instead of having them as a burden to you learn from them, and move forward and see how much you improved from the lessons you learned from your mistakes.

96 verya July 13, 2012 at 3:19 am

just impossible is impossible!!!!!!

97 Nidhi July 16, 2012 at 5:47 am

No one called it is a mistake even it’s 2000 tries which he took to identify whether these materials can work or not.

It is also the part of experiment which he did and which conclude that in future these are the wasteful resources.

98 Deepak Soam July 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

Mistake is the great Teacher, if we learn from our mistakes.

99 Namrata July 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

Awesome !!

100 Sagg July 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

We can learn many things from our mistakes…… Mistake is our teacher….

It is the steeping stone for our success.

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