Thomas Edison’s 2000 Ways to Make Progress
While Thomas Edison was working on inventing the light bulb, he encountered many methods that did not work. When asked about his “failures”, he quipped that he did not fail. He now knew 2,000 ways not to make a light bulb. In his mind, he was making progress. It’s a good thing he didn’t give up after the first 1,000 attempts.
If you make a list of quarterly goals to hold yourself accountable for your progress, you might find that in some months you nix an idea or goal because you will not pursue it further. This is not a set back. You now have the information you did not have earlier. It is one of the ways you identified that will not help you achieve what you want. You are still making progress. The experience is your version of Edison’s light bulb invention process.
As you identify your “to do” list items that will help you get to your next milestone, be encouraged when you run into a dead end. It means that you found a way that will not work. Don’t give up. Just try something different. You will soon make progress that will light your bulb.