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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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  • Euro April 18, 2013, 5:26 pm

    It’s changed the lives of me and my friends :-):):):):):)

  • Vishnu April 10, 2013, 7:47 am

    Really this is a wonderful example.. good tp read this.. we learn many things from the mistakes. Make the mistakes, but don’t do the same mistakes in life..

  • Viresh Badiger April 8, 2013, 12:57 am

    He is an idol for youths to achieve something in their life. Impressible story…..

  • Neha April 7, 2013, 12:52 am

    Try to fail but don’t try to fail. It’s a great story.

  • Asif Rizvi April 5, 2013, 9:26 pm

    Very true…

  • Tarsh April 2, 2013, 5:33 am

    Only some of the people can accept things like him…….

  • Sushmita Ray March 10, 2013, 12:32 am

    Hmmn really good story.

  • Mohsen February 26, 2013, 4:52 am

    It is the best for progress.

  • Selvakumar February 17, 2013, 1:52 am

    Mistake which means take the missed things to apply them in future to prevent the same

  • Candus February 15, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Love your stories … I am not a story person but I love these 😀

  • Anil THakur February 15, 2013, 3:56 am

    Nice story, really I always believe in hard work.

  • AJAY SATYAKI February 8, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Yes, it is very important to learn from your mistakes. It happened to me, I was making the same mistake again and again and always got frustrated after committing that. My life became very miserable and for all that vulnerability, I was solely responsible.

    But one day I got to realize that making this mistake will lead me to nowhere but to hell and committed myself not to repeat it again… and honestly I got rid of my problem.

    This blog is very useful tool to learn life living style. Thanks.

  • Ravy February 8, 2013, 1:51 pm

    That means he did not discover the light bulb he jst wanted to discover which elements should not be used for light bulb.

  • Varun February 4, 2013, 6:39 am


  • Nilesh Pandey February 2, 2013, 3:32 am

    Very Nice thought, those who learn from others mistake are far better than those who learn from his/her mistake. Never loose your confidence in adverse condition, because this thing make you stronger and stronger.

  • Sumit Sharma January 26, 2013, 3:08 am

    Great thinking…

  • Intan January 10, 2013, 12:48 am

    It’s wonderful, I love all the stories, please let me repost it on my Fb, thanks a lot 🙂

  • Nethravathis January 4, 2013, 1:39 am

    Whenever we make mistake we’ll learn new things. It helps to improve your knowledge. Mistakes always teach you new lessons.

    So make mistakes and learn more.

  • Maryam December 22, 2012, 5:32 am

    I do love mistakes, at least I know I will never repeat them. With every mistake, you experience new thing. I believe mistake is beautiful special, when a scientist makes a mistake, he invents new things.

    Thanks a million, the smallest work that I can do is to express my feeling about this site.

  • Queen arfa December 20, 2012, 2:04 pm

    We should learn from our mistakes. I learned to put every thing in order.

  • Aniqa December 14, 2012, 10:35 am

    Cut your coat according to your length.

    Don’t cross your limits.

  • Aniqa December 14, 2012, 10:33 am

    Do good have good

  • Aniqa December 14, 2012, 10:32 am

    Great morals! I have learnt much more things through these morals ….

    But please keep it up I have read all the morals. I think that all these morals are almost about “mistake” so please write something about other life matter.

    Thank you.

  • Anisha December 7, 2012, 5:27 am

    To have ‘cake’ from ‘mistake’ is something really great… hats off to this site..

    I am very fond of this site.. 🙂

  • Lea mae Ede December 7, 2012, 4:57 am

    Life isn’t easy like that, so try and try. Be patient.

  • Queen Arfa November 29, 2012, 11:26 am

    I love it and I am getting knowledge from this website :):):):)

  • Ramanjaneyulu November 16, 2012, 8:45 am

    It’s impressive, because we did anything that is simple or comples that helps to know something.

    “something is better than nothing”

  • ATAMPRAKASH November 11, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Goal is born from your imagination… journey towards it is your job…..

  • Pop November 8, 2012, 3:07 am

    Wow nice

  • Margaret October 31, 2012, 5:08 am

    We should always know that mistakes have potential in them that make us learn.

  • Thimmaraju October 29, 2012, 5:26 am

    We can make mistakes in anything but mistakes can make us to achieve in easy way in short time….it means to make success… it’ll inspire to the world.

  • Kaduu Chuliii October 28, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Thomas replied very confiediently and that worker didn’t know anything…

  • Ms. X October 28, 2012, 12:21 pm

    I love it. Inspiring.

  • Michael Barber October 27, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I’m tired of making mistakes and now I realise there maybe still time left to make things work. There will be a time in your life if you’re lucky to learn from the past and to change, to do things right and if it’s something you want to achieve, whatever it is…it will be so.

  • Ralph Jude (Nigeria) October 15, 2012, 10:31 pm

    I love my school teacher, Mr. Mistake.

  • Sakshi Takale October 7, 2012, 12:43 am

    This is what we call POSITIVE THINKING. Awesome…superb… practice makes man perfect….

  • Pradeeep September 27, 2012, 7:59 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 ………..

  • Nirmalya Tripathi September 26, 2012, 7:16 am

    Really very inspiring… & it gives an unparalleled desire to win despite several failure in life as a whole…

  • Daniel September 18, 2012, 4:31 am

    I am deeply touched and encouraged.

  • RAVI September 10, 2012, 6:49 am

    Never lose hope.

  • Henry September 6, 2012, 3:05 am

    From mistakes, we learn that so may value things which we are not aware of….an eye openers…….

  • Sowmiya September 4, 2012, 12:32 pm

    This shows no gain without pain. TRY NOT TO LOSE YOUR HOPE. TRY.

  • Monis Patel August 21, 2012, 3:19 am

    Learn from the great inventor to never lose hope.

  • Babs August 19, 2012, 10:07 am

    Oh it’s good to learn from your mistakes so u may not commit them again.

  • md mozammil August 18, 2012, 8:35 am

    Try! try! Try! You will achieve what you want. From this story I have learnt to be positive and learned from our failures.

  • Balakrishna August 16, 2012, 2:01 pm

    It’s wonderful making mistakes, become a good master.

  • Joeypot August 2, 2012, 10:18 pm

    Wonderful!!! It helps a lot.

  • Kallesh Kulkarni August 1, 2012, 5:26 am


    I got the moral from this message is first to improve our self confidence towards the success…. that gives mistakes makes man perfect. Thank You.

  • Sridevi July 24, 2012, 8:19 am

    The way how you recieve or accept is more important than thinking negatively.

  • Danish Ali July 23, 2012, 10:18 am

    I like this thing very interesting

  • Sagg July 20, 2012, 7:52 am

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

    It is the steeping stone for our success.

  • Namrata July 20, 2012, 5:56 am

    Awesome !!

  • Deepak Soam July 17, 2012, 7:19 am

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

  • Nidhi July 16, 2012, 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.

  • verya July 13, 2012, 3:19 am

    just impossible is impossible!!!!!!

  • Hera July 7, 2012, 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.

  • GR Chhetri July 5, 2012, 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……

  • Kanika July 1, 2012, 9:07 am

    It is very nice.

  • Varun June 21, 2012, 5:17 am

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

  • AVInash reddy June 19, 2012, 10:52 am

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

  • AVInash reddy June 19, 2012, 11:15 am

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

  • Juliemarg June 14, 2012, 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…

  • Manigandan June 14, 2012, 7:34 am

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

  • Anand June 10, 2012, 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.

  • Jamal June 6, 2012, 10:34 pm

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

  • pradeep June 3, 2012, 10:58 am


  • Sandhya May 31, 2012, 1:50 am

    This is a good msg to all of us.

  • Cheena May 23, 2012, 6:51 am

    Really very nice…

  • Shreya Srivastava May 19, 2012, 8:31 am

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

  • Jegan dev May 16, 2012, 7:34 am

    Really nice story forever……………

  • Prabhakar May 11, 2012, 11:44 pm

    Great thought by great mind.

  • Jose May 9, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Brilliant explanation

  • Dr. Vijay Vyas May 7, 2012, 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 )

  • Nature April 29, 2012, 3:42 am

    It is called positive thinking.

  • Ahad April 28, 2012, 9:49 am

    Learn from mistakes and do not do it again.

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