The Light Bult Invention
There’s this really cool story about Edison. He was trying to invent the lightbulb. The lightbulb is very simple concept and whoever could come up with that first would stand to make a lot of money.
That’s why Edison was so interested in creating a product. If you could make a product that would be bought by a lot of people that would be cheap enough to make to be of the seller property could make a lot of money.
The problem was not a lot was known at the time about electricity since electricity was a brand-new thing. The idea of the lightbulb is very simple. You have two endpoints and you want to flow an electric circuit from one of these endpoints of the other. Based on the filament that you connect these two endpoints with you can create a lot of light.
The problem is you need to find a filament and a substance to make the filament that’s cheap enough and lasts long enough and because not a lot was known about electricity at the time.
One At A Time
The only way to figure out what works was just to keep trying things until you found something. There wasn’t like a table of chemical and electrical properties of different substances, so Edison had to try by trial and error.
There was a guy named Masaru Ibuka who is one of the cofounders of Sony and he and a couple of his buddies founded Sony as a small electronic shop in a Tokyo department store shortly after World War II.
Later they grew that company to a gigantic international conglomerate. Sony makes all kinds of stuff and one of their most famous inventions that kind of put them on the map during the 70s was the Walkman.
Music On The Go
This was the very first time people could take a music with them in and listen to it while he walked around instead of either in their cars or at home this was one of the greatest kind of inventions.
Essentially all inventions have to do with a lot of trial and error and it involves having an idea in mind of something you want to make and then taking that idea and bringing it into the realm of reality through trial and error.
Thoughts Into Things
This is essentially what Napoleon Hill talked about in Think and Grow Rich. If you read the book the core idea is that thoughts are things, but unfortunately some people misunderstand this.
They think that because thoughts are things all you have to do is think of thought and it will magically turn into a thing. So a lot of people read Think and Grow Rich because they misunderstood the concept.
The concept is very simple. You have a thought and if you have a thought that’s could be translated into a thing and you can sell that thing to other people you have a thought you can turn that thought into a thing and that thing becomes something that other people are willing to buy you can make a lot of money the problem is this process takes a lot of time.
It takes a lot of patience it takes a lot of trial and error. Because even if you are to say, open up a restaurant, it was still take a lot of trial and error to try to make different dishes that people would buy. To try different kinds of settings and decorations and all kinds of different ways to get more customers to come in.
Even if you’re creating something that already exists it’s going to take a lot of trial and error so if you create something that has never existed before it naturally can take a lot more trial and error.
The Mastermind Group
An extension of this thought-into-things idea is the idea of the mastermind group. A mastermind group is essentially a group of people that are all focused on this one idea that they’re busily trying to turn it into a real thing that they can sell and make money.
Even today modern companies do this all the time they have these ideas for products. These product development cycles take a couple of years three years four years and they start off with just an imagination and idea.
They talk about this idea. They finally turn that idea into kind of a prototype. They do a lot of testing on the project they might need to do some beta testing on the prototype.
Product Development Cycle
Finally have a finished product. This concept is both very very normal and ordinary but it’s also very very metaphysical and mind-boggling.
Once upon a time there was only people and animals and for us to have to get our needs met we had a chase and animal kill it and then eat it. But today we have all the stuff and every single thing that exists today was once a thought in somebody’s mind.
That thought in somebody’s mind was only turn into a thing after several iterations of trial and error.
How To Get The Other 99%
This is precisely why they say that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration because at 1% inspiration is the idea it’s taking that idea and turning it into a thing that takes a lot of work it takes a lot of trial and error effort.
Double Your Failure Rate
After Ibuka was an old and kind of respected businessperson he was, one of the real living people that was kind of a super genius that took an idea and turned it into a huge company, like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, he was answering some questions from these young entrepreneurs.
This young entrepreneur asked the question, he said Mr. Ibuka, got how can I double my success rate? Ibuka simply said, well if you want to double your success rate all you have to do is double your failure rate.
Failure Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Finally after Edison had successfully created the lightbulb and he was in production and he was selling and was making money he was becoming famous. He was a super genius inventor, like Ibuka would be later on, a reporter came to ask him some questions.
And like reporters do he wanted to kind of ask a zinger that would put him on the spot and make him off balance and so he asked Edison, he said Mr. Edison how does it feel to fail 10,000 times?
Edison simply replied back:
Well, I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 things that didn’t work.
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