Saturday, February 1, 2014

On Failure, or rather, On Success

Marash Boy:  If you don't fail, you can't succeed

Marash Girl:  If you're afraid to fail, you can't succeed

Thomas Edison (1847-1931), inventor of electricity:  I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.


  1. re: marsh boy's comment: what if you succeed with the first attempt?

  2. The laconic dialogue between the boy and the girl of Marash reminds me of a similar koanic line, "If you try to fail and succeed, which did you just do? -- succeed? fail?" Perhaps, both.
    My second observation, however, is not a koan, but a fact: For Thomas Edison, the early advocate of "direct current system", it would have been intellectually honest had he added ONE more failure to his 10,000-ways-that-did-not-work resume. In another words, it was NOT Thomas', but Nikola Tesla's genius and greatest achievement of "alternating current system", which is today lighting the entire globe. I am not ripping Edison, but I am R.I.P.-ing Tesla, Requiescat in pace. That's how the story should rest.

    1. only someone with sprezzatura could convince Edison of that. Sprezzatura indeed!