|07-03-2007, 07:50 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
How to Develop Unshakable Persistence Even If You Failed 10,000 Times?
Frankly, I was shocked when I read this story!
Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb!!! And that is what he said when they asked him about that…
“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Could that be true?!
How on earth someone could have patience to fail 10,000 times while working on something that only existed in his imagination? How did he develop that unshakable persistence?
Can you imagine the number? It is 10,000 unsuccessful trials!! It is TEN THOUSANDS!
And now you see people who quit after the first failure! Haven’t they heard about Edison?!
Indeed, Edison’s example is a perfect illustration of how everlasting success is crafted. It is crafted by persistence and faith. Successful people believe in themselves and their dreams. They have unshakable persistence.
Let’s have a quick look at Edison’s attitude here. Read what he said: “I haven’t failed”.
Successful people don’t have the word ‘failure’ in their dictionary. It is only lessons. You too should remove this word from your vocabulary.
Let’s face it, you only fail when you quit!
But here is an important question…
How can you develop an unshakable persistence that can keep you moving forward, no matter how many times you fail?
Based on my own personal experience, studies and the interviews I did to over 50 of the most successful people in the world nowadays (like Mike Litman, Joe Rubino, John Gordon, Gary Blair and many more), I can tell you this…
*** It all comes down to the power of purpose and passion.
When you discover your true purpose in life and the unique reason for your own existence, your giant will wake up. You will become unstoppable. When you follow your passion - this energy that fires your soul - you will have unshakable persistence.
This is simply because the only way to feel that you are truly living is by following your purpose in life. It is by doing what you love, being a person of value and making a difference.
Your purpose and passion are the unlimited energy source that fuels your motivation no matter how long the journey is or how many times you fail.
It does worth every effort from your side to work on discovering your true purpose in life. Ask yourself, “why am I here? What am I meant to do in this life? What do I love? What am I good at?”
I know no other way to have Edison’s persistence and create everlasting success.
And remember…No Purpose, No Life.
|07-03-2007, 09:03 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Western Canada
I don't think it's that hard actually... you just need to know what you believe in and remind yourself of where you want to be. After a certain time you grow into it, as you stop reading and daydreaming about success all the time and instead your first thought is to take a step forward every day, occasionally reminding yourself of your favorite inspirational quotes and facts.
|07-03-2007, 09:36 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Moscow, Russia
For me infinite persistence does not come to passion. Quite the opposite. I use a rather simple trick that I've learned when one of my girlfriends were late for a date (and it was before the mobile phone era).
Performing repetitive activity, or waiting, or trying again after failure is very hard for me. I used to go berserk with rage after a few failures. Now I just do a rather simple mental trick.
I say to myself something along the lines: "The result doesn't seem to bе quick, but it should come eventually. I believe in it, and I want that result. I don't know how long or how many times I will have to try, so, I will continue doing what is necessary until I achieve the result, or until I die, whatever comes first."
Now, these are harsh words. And I think, I never came even remotely close to the situation when I could die before I achieve my goal. But my conscious is gullible. It just switches to a meditative state, when just following the process is more important then constantly checking the results. Doing becomes practicing and I can stay in this state forever. Very handy.
|04-16-2008, 05:17 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2008
persistence is applied faith - you wouldnt be trying to, if you didnt expect success,
sorry to bring this back up guys, just want to let to you, sometimes like even i give up the first time, like with studies its prob cause i dont believe im smart enough, where else a smart student would have a "hey im smart i should be able to do this" attitude
i think edison was inspired from ben franklin who had something similar, cool how one giant was inspired by a giant you had gone before
Last edited by supertom; 04-16-2008 at 05:21 AM.
|05-06-2008, 06:23 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Detach negative emotion from failure.
The idea that failure is painful is ingratiated into us as children as a form of authoritarian manipulation in order to (faillingly) attempt to encourage productivity.
Its a faulty model that breaks apart as we grow older, and is rather paralyzing.
Mistakes happen. So what? They don't MEAN anything about you, and you don't have to FEEL anything from them.
Just be honest with yourself, then determine whether you would be best served to keep going.
Failure is only permanent if you stop completely, or die.... and even then....
|05-07-2008, 06:59 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2007
I think it's just a matter of being curious. Edison had a 10000 item todo list of different experiments. Every experiment was a success as it cleared one item off hat todo list.
There was no failures, there was 10.000 successes. I bet he was never sad until he found the experiment that worked and thought "Damn, it works. What the hell am I gonna do now?"
As long as you learn something, no matter how insignificant, you're still moving forward. You could see an athlete training his whole life and never beat the world record. Why does he keep training? Because he's learning and improving every day. You can choose to see every day as a failure but that's just stupid.
|05-08-2008, 10:16 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NEW ENGLAND!!!!!!!
When faced with long odds or lots of "failure" I remember that the greatest hitter in all of baseball history Ty Cobb got a hit only 36.7% of the time. That usually puts it all into perspective for me. G
|05-08-2008, 11:05 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Lightbulbs didn't only exist in his imagination. Before lightbulbs there were special lamps that bounced sparks off pieces of carbon inside glass. These lights were expensive and only found in the city. Edison wanted to find a better, cheaper, more efficient way of producing artificial light.
Last edited by Ak47; 05-08-2008 at 11:07 AM.
|05-10-2008, 04:57 AM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lillington, N.C.
Finding your purpose is a key to life. Without it we tend to go through each day reacting to whatever comes our way, losing energy along the way. With it, we are energized and go after our goals proactively. It's the difference between a fulfilled life and an unfulfilled existence.
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