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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

-Thomas Edison 

I love this quote, I may have to use it as my new motto. It is never easy to create something great and the old saying goes “you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs,” Thomas Edison was a great inventor who is celebrated for the things he accomplished, but there is little known about his failures. In order to reach the level of success that gained Edison his international notoriety, he had to go through thousands of setbacks. What makes Edison great is that he not only looked at his failures as just a minor issue, he looked at them as a learning experience, and built on each “failure” in order to reach his goal. I have to admit, there have been times in my life when I felt like I failed, and I ended up either moving on to something else or just putting plans on a shelf for an extended time. The message I gather from this quote is that every action towards a goal is worth something, often times we like to make setbacks bigger than they actually are, but from this quote and the life of Thomas Edison we can see that any misstep can be just brick in the building that is success, as long as one is willing to press on to their goals. Edison was quite the inventor, and I and the world at large will be forever grateful that he decided to reach his goals in spite of his many failures.