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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Failure is an outcome, not a conclusion.

Failure is only an outcome, not a conclusion.

“In the lexicon of youth which fate reserves
 For a bright manhood, there is no such word
 As fail.” 

- from the play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy (1839) by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803–1873

There is no failure, only outcome of an experiment and is therefore an observation or feedback. This idea is often attributed to Thomas Edison who failed 10,000 finding filament that would not burn before the light bulb worked.  He needed to create a vacuum before succeeding.  Did he then need to go back a test all 10,000 filaments again?