For most of us, success is not an overnight venture. It takes lots of time and many failures to get to where you want to be. Many of the great products and services used today are inventions that failed dozens, if not hundreds of times over and over before achieving success. If you’ve ever attempted something that did not work the first time or even the 10th time. you must still try again! Every failure you encounter will allow you to understand how to do it better the next time. And if you fail again, it will tell you how to perfect your invention or idea even further. Eventually, there will be no failures and you will end up with the finished product. Success will come if you simply never give up on your dreams.
3 Inventions That Failed Before Having Success
1 | WD-40
Out of the 3 inventions that failed, this has to be one of the more interesting one’s. Why? Because as you can tell from the name itself, WD-40 has failed 39 times before being successful. 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
“Enjoy 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 his final product. He then founded the Dyson company and is now best known for being the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner.
3 | Light Bulb
“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 he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.”
It does not matter if it takes you 5, 50, 500, or 5000 tries to be successful. You must believe that eventually you will be successful. Let that be the reason you accept failure as a possibility because honestly, failure is the only road to success. The more failures you have had in your life, the closer you become to that long awaited success. God or whoever you may believe in wants you to suffer before you succeed because it’s simply the way of life. Ask yourself if you’ve suffered enough and ask yourself if you can endure some more. But no matter what, don’t give up on your dreams. Believe in the end result.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford