If someone was to answer "who has been man's greatest undesired companion
in his expedition through time?" The answer can be no other than FAILURE.
Yes, success has come and gone but what has remained as the major part of
man's evolution's history is failure. It may sound preposterous and may
question that if the failure is the truth of human life, how actually then are we
are so advanced than our forefathers?
The answer is simple. Failure is not only
man's greatest companion but also his biggest teacher and motivator, whose
offspring are courage and experience. Combined all this and one can easily
believe that what we see today isn't MATRIX.
PEOPLE WHO NEVER SAID "I QUIT"
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."
Thomas Alva Edison
Thomas Alva Edison
(February 11, 1847 – October
18, 1931) was an American
inventor, scientist and
businessman who developed
many devices that greatly
influenced life around the
world, including the
phonograph, the motion
picture camera, and a longlasting,
practical electric light
bulb. He was one of the first
inventors to apply the
principles of m ass production
and large teamwork to the
process of invention, and
therefore is often credited
with the creation of the first
industrial research laboratory.
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Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093
U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom,
France and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed
to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. His advanced
work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator.
Edison originated the concept and implementation of electricpower
and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in
the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan
Island, New York.
But life wasn't a bed of roses for this gentleman as well. When he was a boy his
teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When Thomas Edison was
seeking to invent the electric light bulb, he didn't get it right the first time. When
it didn't work the first time, Edison made a note of exactly what he'd done and
what components he had used. Then he made an adjustment to the experiment
and tried again. And when that failed he made a note of that, readjusted and
tried again. He kept learning from every experiment. He learned all the ways
that it wouldn't work. He discovered all the chemicals and elements that
wouldn't work. And each time he found a way that wouldn't work, he knew he
was closer to finding a way that would work. It took him approximately 10,000
experiments to invent the perfect setup
for the electric light bulb.
In 1914 Thomas Edison's factory in West Orange, New Jersey, was virtually
destroyed by fire. Although the damage exceeded $2 million, the buildings were
insured for only $238,000 because they were made of concrete and were
thought to be fireproof. Much of Edison's life work went up in smoke and
flames that December night. At the height of the fire, Edison's 24yearold
Charles, searched frantically for his father. He finally found him, calmly
watching the fire, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in
the wind. The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, "There is great
value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start
Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver the first phonograph.
Thomas Edison understood the profound secret that to succeed you have to be
willing to fail and fail fast. To Edison all failure provided valuable information
that he could use to correct his course, and lead him to eventual success.
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Abraham Lincoln (February
12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)
was the 16th President of the
United States, serving from
March 1861 until his
assassination in April 1865.
He successfully led his
country through its greatest
internal crisis, the American
Civil War, preserving the
Union and ending slavery.
Before his election in 1860 as
the first Republican president,
Lincoln had been a country
lawyer, an Illinois state
legislator, a member of the
United States House of
Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S.
Senate. Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected
president later that year.
Lincoln's life is characterized by numerous failures. But he was one of those
who did not believe in quitting. In 1831, at the age of 22, he lost his job because
his father wanted to move the family. At age 23, he was elected company
captain of Illinois militia in the Black Hawk War. Because of his Black Hawk
War involvement, he did not spend sufficient time campaigning and was
defeated in running for the Illinois State Legislature. At age 25, he started a
store in New Salem, Illinois with a partner. He was appointed postmaster of
New Salem and deputy surveyor of Sangamon County. Unfortunately, his
partner died causing the business to fail. Lincoln later paid off the whole debt
for the failed business. Then he was elected to the Illinois State House of
Representatives. At age 27, Lincoln reportedly had a nervous breakdown.
Lincoln was reelected
to Illinois State Legislature and led the Whig political
party delegation in moving Illinois state capital from Vandalia to Springfield.
He also received a license to practice law in Illinois state courts and became law
partner of John T. Stuart. At age 29, he was nominated for Illinois House
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Speaker by Whig caucus but did not win the election, because the Whigs could
not garner enough votes. He then served as the Whig Floor Leader. Lincoln was
chosen presidential elector for the first Whig convention. He also was admitted
to practice law in U.S. Circuit Court. At age 31, he was reelected
State Legislature. He also argued his first case before Illinois Supreme Court.
At age 39, Lincoln's term in office was up and was not a candidate for
Congress, per an agreedupon
arrangement among the Whigs. He did however
try to get an appointment as Commissioner of the General Land Office at
Washington D.C. but didn't get appointed. At age 47, Lincoln received votes in
the Philadelphia Republican convention for the vice presidency. He did not
campaign and was not running for the office at that time, so he did not gain the
nomination. At age 49, he ran for the U.S. Senate and won the popular vote. But
the Illinois State Legislature overthrew the popular vote, as was legal in those
days. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson eliminated that practice with the 17th
amendment to the constitution. Thus, Lincoln ran for the Senate and was
defeated. Thus before Lincoln became the 16 th president of United States, he
had 12 major failures. The only thing that time could not fail in him was his
Steven Allan Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg (born December
18, 1946) is an American film director,
screenwriter, and film producer. In 2006,
the magazine Premiere listed him as the
most powerful and influential figure in
the motion picture industry. Time listed
him as one of the 100 Most Important t
People of the Century. At the end of the
twentieth century, Life named him the
most influential person of his generation.
In a career of over four decades,
Spielberg's films have touched on many
themes and genres. Spielberg's early scifi
and adventure films, sometimes centering
on children, were seen as an archetype of
modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years his films began
addressing such issues as The Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism.
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Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for 1993's Schindler's List
and 1998's Saving Private Ryan. Three of Spielberg's films, Jaws (1975), E.T.
(1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), broke box office records,
each becoming the highestgrossing
film made at the time. To date, the
unadjusted gross of all Spielbergdirected
films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide.
Forbes magazine places Spielberg's personal net worth at $3.1 billion.
Spielberg, today, may be regarded as a genius but his childhood story doesn't
depict the same. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high
school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learningdisabled
class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.
Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18
April 1955) was a theoretical physicist.
His many contributions to physics
include the special and general theories
of relativity, the founding of relativistic
cosmology, the first postNewtonian
expansion, explaining the perihelion
advance of Mercury, prediction of the
deflection of light by gravity and
gravitational lensing, the first fluctuation
dissipation theorem which explained the
Brownian movement of molecules, the
photon theory and waveparticle
the quantum theory of atomic motion in
solids, the zeropoint
energy concept, the
semi classical version of the Schrödinger
equation, and the quantum theory of a monatomic gas which predicted BoseEinstein
He was widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He
was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the
photoelectric effect in 1905 and "for his services to Theoretical Physics".
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However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally
retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit,
saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything!"
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7,
1947) was the founder of the Ford
Motor Company and father of modern
assembly lines used in mass production.
His introduction of the Model T
transportation and American industry.
He was a prolific inventor and was
awarded 161 U.S. patents. As owner of
the Ford Motor Company he became
one of the richest and bestknown
people in the world. He is credited with
"Fordism", that is, the mass production
of large numbers of inexpensive
automobiles using the assembly line,
coupled with high wages for his
workers. Ford had a global vision, with
consumerism as the key to peace. Ford did not believe in accountants; he
amassed one of the world's largest fortunes without ever having his company
audited under his administration. Henry Ford's intense commitment to lowering
costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise
system that put a dealership in every city in North America, and in major cities
on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation but
arranged for his family to control the company permanently. But he too had his
share of failures. His first two automobile companies failed. Yet he did not give
up and rest is history.