Story of Growth Mindset and Proven Process for Change

Story of Growth Mindset and Smart-Steps Process for Change

Tom Edison Light Bulb Story

In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.”  He was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough.  Even as an inventor, Edison made thousands of unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design and identification of a along lasting filament that worked. His success was ultimately due to perseverance  and grit in overcoming failures. Let’s review the definition of perseverance.

per·se·ver·ance – noun

“steady persistence in a course of action, apurpose, a state, etc., especially in spite ofdifficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”  (definition courtesy of Dictionary.Com)


We all know that success is almost never without failure at some part of the process. Often failures arrive at the start of building something new. To not let one’s self be discouraged is paramount to arriving at a successful end of any new venture or enterprise.

How can someone with so many failures be a success?  He used a growth mindset and reflective thinking process to keep going.  Most people get down on themselves when others tell them they are not smart enough or have the ability to succeed so in line wit this Self-fulfilling philosophy they fail or things don’t go the way they had hoped.  But that’s just a choice, and you don’t have to make it.

When Edison was experimenting with the light bulb, friends would say to him, “well you tried and failed, I guess it’s just impossible.  We can’t make an electric source of light. What are you going to do next?”

His response, “I’ve not failed, I found 999 ways that don’t work.  Each time I find out what doesn’t work, it brings me one step closer to knowing what will work.  Plus, I’ve had many different reactions from my 999 trials and I’ve discovered new things that I will use in other inventions.  Each time I try, I succeed in learning something new.”

We all know what happened on the 1,000th time.  All of our lives are impacted by his open and growth mindset, commitment and persistence and his attitude that it’s possible to invent new approaches and strategies when you experiment and evaluate results and change course.

Here is a proven process for accomplishing positive change. When you are trying to change and improve personal relationships, success at work, attaining a goal, like finding a more exiting and fulfilling career, losing 20 lbs or writing a novel here are the Smart-Steps process for learning and taking constructive action for pursuing your goals for success:

  1. Clarify and define in specific terms what you want.
  2. Identify why you want it.
  3. Take deliberate action!
  4. Evaluate consequences –what happened.
  5. Be open to change or adjust your strategy, tactics and approach to action
  6. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 till you have discovered the results and success you want

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