What was Edison’s mistake?

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You've no doubt heard Thomas Edison's famous quote:

"If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."

Every shelf-help guru and his brother have used this as a way to motivate and encourage those who continue to fail.

If you just keep plugging away you too can live the American dream!

But what if there's a better way than sheer brute force?

Few of us have the patience to try 10,000 times and fail.

And the 80/20 rule tells us there are a limited number of inputs we really need to focus on.

In fact, Edison's own assistant Nikola Tesla was critical of his methods:

"He had no hobby, cared for no sort of amusement of any kind... His method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90% of the labor."

I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like a methodology I'd want to model.

(Edison said his biggest mistake in life was not respecting Tesla or his ideas -- who knows what more he could have accomplished if he applied some book learnin' to that work ethic?)

Why bash your head against a wall when a little theory and calculation can save you 90% of the effort?

What's best is I have proved the theory and done the calculations for you:


Talk soon