This is one of my posts on Come Down the Rabbit Hole, a year-long project I’m doing with my friends. Here’s a taste of our blog; check it out if you’re interested!
Moving forward without looking back is a pretty good life philosophy; future success may be hindered by a focus on past failures. However, like all good advice, it should be taken with a pinch of salt. An obsession with the past is obviously unhealthy, but correcting past mistakes is key in life.
People say that it took Thomas Edison more than a thousand tries to get the light bulb right, which is great evidence for the fruits of persistence, but let’s look closer. Why was Thomas Edison successful in designing a working light bulb? I might not know the full answer, but I do know that one part of it is this: Edison learned from what he did wrong in his previous light bulbs and modified his subsequent light bulbs accordingly.
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