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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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  • Anom Raphael August 29, 2022, 5:44 pm

    Wow great

  • Ruchi February 25, 2022, 4:10 am

    Thanks for these motivational stories and to motivate us .

  • Robin Ghosh May 26, 2021, 11:22 pm

    Wonderful work

  • Story-Reader January 25, 2021, 2:47 am

    Great Job on the story

  • Abdul-Qoyyuum A. Adelakin April 1, 2020, 6:04 pm

    This is awesome. It is a life impacting story. I have a speech to deliver in a Toastmasters club on Learning from mistakes. That is why I am surfing the internet to get more resources and I am glad to have this. It will be an added value to my speech.

  • Duncan March 31, 2019, 4:08 pm

    inspiring one

  • Natasha Stephen February 17, 2019, 7:44 am

    A Positive Lesson

  • Simar Preet Singh July 20, 2018, 9:44 am


  • Paul Achankeng April 24, 2018, 9:15 am

    So important to have learned from the mistake

  • Nobert kipkogei March 8, 2018, 6:02 am

    I I learn to be positive in life

  • Nobert kipkogei March 8, 2018, 6:00 am

    I appreciate ur efforts God bless u .

  • Seva November 15, 2017, 8:46 am

    motivated stories

  • Geetika October 24, 2017, 11:48 am

    You are very great and I am really thankful of you to provide this range of stories to me

  • Ram September 24, 2017, 1:38 pm

    Making mistake is not a mistake but when we are not identifying the mistake is the mistake

  • divya bundele June 12, 2017, 8:24 am

    a very inspiring story…

  • Divyansh jain March 5, 2017, 1:49 am

    By this view of Edison, we learn that when we do anything we learn something from that

  • Sanket dhundale February 4, 2017, 4:15 am

    It taught me to never give up.

  • precious December 29, 2016, 4:17 pm

    He is a man worthy of emulation.

  • Pintu sahu November 5, 2016, 12:40 pm

    Thank you for this story. I got better lesson from this.

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