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Learning from Edison: The Power of a Growth Mindset and Perseverance | Eliot Hoppe

January 11, 20243 min read

"Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful,"- Joshua Marine


Thomas Edison is one of the most celebrated inventors the world has ever seen. He is credited

with over 1000 inventions, including the electric light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion

picture camera. However, the road to success for Edison was not smooth. He failed numerous

times, and it took him 10000 attempts to perfect the filament in the light bulb. Edison's story has

valuable lessons on the power of a growth mindset and perseverance. In this blog post, we'll

take a closer look at his journey to success and how we can apply the lessons he learned to our


A Growth Mindset:

When Edison was asked about his many failures, he famously replied, "I

have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." This quote is an example of a

growth mindset, which is the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard

work and dedication. Edison believed that failure was not the opposite of success but a part of

the process. He didn't let his failures discourage him, but rather he learned from them and used

them to improve his efforts. The lesson here is that with a growth mindset, we can achieve

anything we set our minds to.


Edison's journey to perfect the filament for the light bulb was not an easy one.

He spent countless hours in the laboratory, testing and experimenting until he found what

worked. He didn't give up when his experiments failed, but persevered until he achieved

success. Edison believed that success was 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. The lesson

here is that success never comes easy and requires hard work and dedication. When the going

gets tough, the tough keep going.

Learn from Your Mistakes:

Edison's story is a testament to the power of learning from your

mistakes. He took each failure as an opportunity to learn and make improvements. He didn't get

discouraged or give up when his attempts failed, but rather used the knowledge he gained to

move forward. Edison's approach to failure was to embrace it, learn from it, and use it to

achieve success. The lesson here is that failure is not a dead end but a stepping stone to


Passion and Curiosity:

Edison was passionate about his work, and his curiosity drove him to

keep learning and experimenting. He once said, "I never did a day's work in my life. It was all

fun." Edison enjoyed what he did and didn't see his work as a chore. His passion and curiosity

for science and innovation kept him going through the many ups and downs of his career. The

lesson here is that when we find what we are passionate about and pursue it with curiosity and

dedication, work can become fun and fulfilling.

Patience and Persistence:

Finally, Edison's story highlights the crucial values of patience and

persistence. Edison never gave up, even when the odds were against him. He knew that

success would take time, and he was willing to wait. He believed in himself and his abilities and

worked tirelessly alongside his team to achieve the goals. The lesson here is that success

requires patience and persistence. When we believe in ourselves and together we as a team,

work hard toward our goals, success is just a matter of time.


The story of Thomas Edison teaches us the valuable lessons of a growth mindset and

perseverance. Edison never let his failures discourage him and always encouraged his team to

learn, kept them as focused on the goal. He turned failures into learning opportunities to

improve. He believed that success required hard work, dedication, and patience. Edison's story

reminds us that failure is not the end but a stepping stone to success be it alone or with others

working with you. When we embrace a growth mindset, believe in ourselves, and persevere

through challenges, we can achieve our goals and make a difference in the world.

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