Story of Thomas Edison 

Do you consider these people failures? They succeeded in spite of problems, not in the absence of them. But to the outside world, it appears as though they just got lucky. 


All success stories are stories of great failures. The only difference is that every time they failed, they bounced back. This is called failing forward, rather than backward. You learn and move forward. Learn from your failure and keep going. 


In 1914, Thomas Edison, at age 67, lost his factory, which was worth a few million dollars, to fire. It had very little insurance. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effort go up in smoke and said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew.” In spite of disaster, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph. What an attitude! 


Below are more examples of the failures of successful people; 


  • Thomas Edison failed approximately 10,000 times while he was working on the light bulb.
  • Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40.
  • Lee Iacocca was fired by Henry Ford II at the age of 54. 
  • Young Beethoven was told that he had no talent for music, but he gave some of the best music to the world.

Setbacks are inevitable in life. A setback can act as a driving force and also teach us humility. In grief you will find courage and faith to overcome the setback. We need to learn to become victors. Fear and doubt short – circuit the mind. 




Be Courageous; be ready to start afresh anytime.