3 Inventions That Failed Before They Succeeded

Inventions That Failed Before Success

When every attempt at success results in failure, you start questioning your motives in every way possible. You see no light at the end of the tunnel, and yet you know it’s there. You refuse to give up but you refuse to fail any longer. What do you do?

This is what I call the breaking point between success and failure. For those who can ignore the dark and believe in the light where there is no light, they will find a way out of no way. But for the rest, this marks the end of the road for them.

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Here are 3 inventions that would have never came to fruition had the inventors quit one attempt before their inevitable success.


3 Inventions That Failed Before Having Success


1 | WD-40

WD-40 Successful InventionOf the 3 inventions that failed before succeeding, this one has got to be one of the more interesting ones. Why? As you can tell from the name itself, WD-40 has failed 39 times before coming up with their final product. WD-40 literally stands for “Water Displacement 40th Attempt”. Funny right? Norm Larsen, a chemist, was the inventor of this amazing penetrating oil and water-displacing spray.



2 | Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Successful InventionEnjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success. – James Dyson

Sir James Dyson had worked on a prototype of his phenomenal vacuum cleaner, racking up over 5,126 failed attempts before perfecting the final product. He then founded the Dyson company, and is now best known for having invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner.



3 | The Light Bulb

Light Bulb Successful Invention

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison had invented the first successful light bulb after 10,000 failed attempts. Before that, Thomas Edison was told by his teacher that he was “too stupid to learn anything,” and that “he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.”


Sometimes, success ain’t about being the smartest guy in the room, or the most talented. Sometimes, success is simple about never giving up and constantly moving forward despite failures. Make it a habit to see things through till the end, even if there are no ends to be seen.


“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
~ Henry Ford

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