Persistence Pays

Have you ever succeeded when others had given up?

Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. Other inventors had experimented with light bulbs for 70 years before Edison began his work. What they lacked, however, was a durable light bulb filament (the tiny wire inside the bulb).

Once Edison developed a material for a durable light bulb filament, the light bulb was practical for widespread use. He tried over a thousand material combinations, over a period of many years, before he found the right one. In 1879, the first practical light bulb burned for 40 hours.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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