• Jolene Roehlkepartain

Never Give Up

Updated: Apr 14, 2019

My dad, an electrical wholesale salesman, deeply admired Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. Since my dad talked about Thomas Edison so much, I read as much as I could about the man.

In 1890, Thomas Edison began tinkering with the concept of 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. By 1903, he finally 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 light 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.

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