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Never Give Up

photo of Thomas Edison

My dad was an electrical wholesale salesman, which mean he sold a lot of electrical supplies, including light bulbs. When I was growing up, my dad always talked about Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, and since my dad admired Thomas Edison so much, I read everything I could about the man.

In 1890, Thomas Edison began trying to invent an alkaline battery to be used in automobiles. He thought if he could invent something that could store electricity, then automobiles would run longer.

For 13 years, Thomas Edison experimented with tens of thousands of battery inventions, and by 1903, he discovered one that worked.

Someone asked Thomas Edison, “Don’t you get discouraged when you have to try 50,000 experiments before you get any results?”

“Results?” Edison replied. “Why, I’ve gotten a lot of results. I know 50,000 things that don’t work.”

Whenever my manuscripts get rejected, I think of Thomas Edison. He didn’t get discouraged when he didn’t get instant, favorable results. Perhaps that’s why Thomas Edison is credited with almost more than 1,000 inventions, including the record player, motion picture camera, microphone, incandescent lights bulb, and the transmitter that made telephones possible.

Today we need more Thomas Edisons—not to only invent new things—but to keep going with determination.

Written by Jolene Roehlkepartain.