Success Requires Patience and Persistence
"I speak without exaggeration," inventor Thomas Edison once said, "when I say that I have constructed three thousand different theories in connection with electric light, each one of them reasonable and apparently likely to be true. Yet in two cases only did my experiments prove the truth of my theory."
Think about the quote above, and then do the math: Thomas Edison, a renowned scientific genius, developed 2,998 failed theories in order to produce two successful experiments. In fact, the entire story of the light bulb is a tedious tale of repeated trial and failure. Yet, through it all, Edison was watching attentively and learning from each mistake, each false start.
Another lesson can be learned from Edison's adventures with electricity: As his various attempts to carbonize a cotton thread and use it as a light bulb filament failed, Edison realized that he had to combine extraordinary determinations with his extraordinary care and patience. Matching the right thread thickness with the right carbonization techniques was painstaking work and Edison knew that the more intent he became about his task, the more patience and precisions he needed to avoid ruining or misreading the results of his earnest efforts.
So, follow Edison's lead. When failure mounts up, step back. Re-examine what you are doing. Remind yourself to be patient. And remember, patience is more of a decision than an emotion.
As you develop and test your own bright ideas, remember and emulate the persistence exemplified by people like Thomas Edison. If you are patient with your problem, solutions will come to light.