Sometimes I feel like the importance of persistence in creating great designs (and in life in general) is overlooked. Inspiration, genius, and creativity may be more fun to talk about, but just like Grandma said… nothing holds a torch to determination mixed with hard work. Few illustrated this better than American inventor Thomas Edison. The man once produced 50,000 failed experiments in his quest to create the nickel-iron battery.
Yes you read that correctly. Fifty. Thousand.
When asked along the way whether he had become downhearted with the lack of progress, Edison replied:
“Downhearted? We’ve made a lot of progress. At least we know 50,000 things that won’t work!”