Fighting Failure


Thomas Edison. The name is synonymous with brilliance. The man invented hundreds of things. But he is best known, of course, for the light bulb. While we take the light bulb for granted, they never dreamed of such a thing before Edison. But did you know that he failed in his first attempt to make the light bulb? Then he tried again. Again he failed. A thousand times, Edison failed.

Can’t you imagine his friends asking old Tom what he was doing?

He’d say, “I’m inventing the light bulb.”

They’d say, “What’s a light bulb?”

On and on he kept at it. Then one day the light came on, in his head, and then in the bulb. I would explain the working of a light bulb to you, but my space is limited! Suffice it to say that if not for the perseverance of old Tom, we’d all be in the dark today.

Here’s the lesson. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Find something you’re good at. Then go for it. Sure, you’ll fail. Muhammad Ali once said, “My goal when I step into the ring is to get up more than I go down.”

So chase your dreams. One day the light will come one. You may never be as famous as Tom, but the world will be a brighter place.

“I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground” (Matthew 25:25).


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