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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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  • Rakesh Basumatary August 6, 2016, 10:49 pm

    Hello there all …
    I m studying in class 9 …Now
    I want to speak something

    We can’t change our future but we can change our habits & surely our habits are will be change our future….

  • Vitus Owen July 9, 2016, 11:43 am

    A great lesson..

  • Oumaima hadrouch June 23, 2016, 12:04 am

    Thank you so much i am passing horrible moments that will really help me

  • Doris June 16, 2016, 5:39 am


  • Alfiya shaikh June 12, 2016, 9:39 am

    Thanks for such a nice story !!!!!

  • yasmeen peerzada April 21, 2016, 12:51 am

    mistakes are our teachers, they teach us how to grow!

  • Aidoo Samuel January 31, 2016, 1:58 am

    Your uncountable mistakes are you secret source of success.

  • amir.m f November 20, 2015, 5:22 pm

    Trying is best way for success

  • Asu athman September 27, 2015, 7:09 am


  • Dan Kim September 7, 2015, 8:25 am

    Cheerful story wow

  • vasu August 13, 2015, 5:39 am

    Always Be positive!

  • Ravneet July 3, 2015, 10:37 pm

    We learn our mistakes good thoughts have good life…

  • Mosopefoluwah February 20, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Experience makes one stronger, the best teacher indeed

  • Nesar Ahmed February 13, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Mistakes are the tools which sharpen our skills

  • Vijay December 3, 2014, 1:03 am

    It good to read today……Learn form your mistakes..:)

  • Amita pujara November 16, 2014, 6:06 am

    Wonderfull thought by mistake

  • Kelvin November 14, 2014, 8:03 am

    Great lesson

  • Prasanna October 7, 2014, 5:32 am

    Awesome. No one get success in their first attempt. those who learn things from their attempts gets succeeded. Try to learn things from the mistakes and please don’t repeat the mistakes.

    Failures are the stepping stones for success……..

  • Kiran k September 12, 2014, 2:46 am

    Nice story

  • Manjit walia August 23, 2014, 2:27 am

    It is good to learn from our mistakes and even better to learn from other’s mistakes as in our life time we can not afford to keep making mistakes.

  • Tariq Ahmad Malik August 15, 2014, 9:55 am

    Nobody is gifted with greatness. Men attain greatness by cherishing dreams, and exploring the possibilities to realize them. Every new thing is impossible in the first sight; but persistent efforts by the enterprising men make them sound I’m possible.

  • Muhammad imran August 1, 2014, 11:16 am

    Our mistakes teach us more than our success !

  • Khadija July 7, 2014, 5:45 am

    We should always learn from our mistakes and should never lose hope

  • Harsha July 2, 2014, 10:16 am

    It’s a beautiful, short, sweet story which gives a very big lesson ”learn from our mistakes”

  • Seid July 2, 2014, 8:24 am

    Life is like walking through snow every step shows.

  • Kimia April 29, 2014, 2:06 am

    Like like

  • Snaiyaa Raj April 28, 2014, 7:03 am

    It’s very nice, educative, & awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephen April 14, 2014, 7:52 am

    I think Tesla invented Alternating Current, not the light bulb.

    • Darwin April 14, 2014, 8:02 am

      Tesla and Edison were at each other’s throats regarding AC vs DC. Tesla eventually proved correct. Tesla was responsible for 60 cycles in that electric clocks would be correct. Unfortunately, low frequency rates make electric much more dangerous than high rates of say 100,000 cycles.

  • Jess April 12, 2014, 1:04 pm

    The untold story Tesla who invented the light not Thomas Edison.

  • Shariva Lokare Augst 4 March 13, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Always learn from your mistakes otherwise you will never succeed in your life.

  • Ankur March 4, 2014, 9:52 am


  • Aman singh March 1, 2014, 7:06 am

    First learn from mistakes

  • Ssimbwa February 25, 2014, 7:56 am

    To me there is no failure, because everything you do, that particular thing is new.

  • Binish fatima February 19, 2014, 2:08 am

    I’ve read this story before but really nice moral.

  • TonyJaya February 4, 2014, 5:06 am

    Mistakes help to find the right path.

  • Madhuraja.r January 16, 2014, 2:14 pm

    We have to learn from our mistake… even from others mistake…!!!!!

  • Patti December 29, 2013, 9:15 am

    Simply… it’s the work that’s important, the achievement comes later.

  • Darwin December 17, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I believe that it is important to learn from our mistakes. Next week I will be a genius.

  • Monika December 12, 2013, 8:11 am

    The moral of Edison’s story is try and try till you succeed, never give up. 2000 trials were not his mistakes these were his constant try.

  • Jit November 18, 2013, 6:38 am

    It teaches us that be positive in every situation arrives before us.

  • Bok November 15, 2013, 11:19 am

    I just want to be like T. Edison.

  • Renaldi Hutahaean November 7, 2013, 2:41 am

    Mistakes and patience teach man to win.

  • Sreenivasan November 5, 2013, 4:49 am

    Mistakes make man perfect, Always try to learn a new things from mistakes. It makes u perfect.

  • Prachi October 31, 2013, 5:54 am

    We should always try to learn something new everyday.

  • Ramya kotha October 14, 2013, 9:03 pm

    It’s really superb… I hope it will bring change in those who read.

  • Shivani October 7, 2013, 2:39 am

    Always learn from your mistake and think positive…. NO is not a negative word it mean “NEXT OPPORTUNITY” SO WORK HARD…..

  • N & N October 2, 2013, 7:59 am

    Taste the Fails and Success will be Delicious (As simple as that ) !

  • Sanjit Kumar September 23, 2013, 6:56 am

    Behind every great success, mistakes always happen.

  • Gupta Kamal Alg September 19, 2013, 6:25 am

    Find some pluses in negative things.

  • Paranthaman.R September 12, 2013, 1:53 am

    Mistake is a step for explore for me.

  • Pastor Vincent c. Marcus September 5, 2013, 5:43 pm

    Success comes after several attempts and failures. If we are afraid of failure then we can not venture into anything knowing that nothing venture, nothing have. Failure surely gives way before success follows. Nothing succeeds like success and nothing fails like failure.

  • Tenzin Norbu August 20, 2013, 10:11 am

    It also tells us that to become successful we need to have patience.

  • Balusamy.c August 17, 2013, 6:32 am

    In factories we used to quote “Do not learn through accidents”. But “Learn from mistakes” is an excellent proposition by Edison. Not only me, but all will like this.

  • Bernard August 14, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Mistake is the teacher which reminds you, what had you missed in the past.

  • Ravi Kanth August 11, 2013, 11:27 am

    Yes everyone must learn things from their mistakes then only they will never ever repeat those mistakes.

  • Mukesh August 8, 2013, 7:39 am

    Wow! It’s a brilliant thinking that we should always keep positive view.

  • Shivi August 2, 2013, 1:49 pm

    What an inspirational story. Learn from mistakes then only you will be successful in your dreams.

  • Romarie joy L. Bulawit July 24, 2013, 4:33 pm

    We learn from failure, not from success!

  • Krishna July 22, 2013, 7:50 am

    Being optimistic really matters.

  • Rohit July 16, 2013, 9:55 pm

    Anyone can make mistakes, just correct your mistakes and do not repeat them.

  • TJ July 10, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Perhaps it’s simplistic, but after at least 2000 “Mistakes”, he actually created the first light bulb. That’s the point. Those exercises weren’t mistakes, they were research.

  • Ujjawal July 9, 2013, 1:06 am

    Life is not a bed of roses. But if want to pluck out the rose, we have to go through the thorns.

  • Ashish July 4, 2013, 1:48 am

    It’s so awesome! Do not be disappointed when you make the mistake. I am sure because of mistake you learn a lot also definitely you will get solution to overcome the mistake. But one point should keep in the mind do not repeat the mistake again.

  • Suparna July 2, 2013, 10:45 am

    Mistakes give us a power to overcome the coming mistakes.

  • Sayed June 14, 2013, 7:51 am

    Everyone should learned from their mistakes.

  • Awuni June 14, 2013, 4:47 am

    Life is like is bathroom plant, it will always embrace dirt (mistakes) but that dirt(mistake) will make it to grow stronger and healthier.

  • Karthika.j June 3, 2013, 10:00 am

    If you did mistake in your work, we can learn many things from that….

  • Pat June 3, 2013, 7:10 am

    I learned lot from my mistakes and lot more from others mistakes. Because simply we don’t have enough time in life to do all the mistakes.

  • Lucas Kano June 2, 2013, 3:43 am

    Correcting mistake is better than getting right because learning takes place after correction.

  • Jacob May 28, 2013, 2:14 pm

    We should learn from our mistakes, one who does succeed.

  • M.B Bayalkuti May 14, 2013, 11:09 pm

    Learning process will lead us through right and wrong way. Getting wrong is discovering.

  • Sumit Gautam May 1, 2013, 2:19 am

    Intelligent people learn from others mistakes.

  • Pd408 April 30, 2013, 2:19 am

    All stories are good with a moral and touching the core of the heart.

  • Krrish Anand April 27, 2013, 12:33 pm

    It’s a really impressive story…… so always do the mistakes to learn the new things…if u do the mistake, some time u got a new idea.

  • Esobel April 18, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Believe in your self! Be responsible!

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