Welcome to The Daily Kind, where we help you stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything. I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's February 3rd, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

One of my favorite things about motivational quotes is that many of the ones we use most often may not be entirely accurate, or even true at all. But does that take away from the power they have over us? Maybe, but at the heart of every inception, every idea ever put into the mind of any one of us, is this truth, they are all filtered through our own individual experience. And many times when success blooms failure was the seed.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." –Thomas A. Edison

When we hear this quote from Edison, many of us think about the light bulb.

And most likely you use one every day. And the question that many of us think about when we hear this quote, and we think about the light bulb. Of course after we do our due diligence and research, the authenticity of the quote, we all do that... Right?

Hint, it has its roots in truth, but was never actually quoted as it's normally written.

But the question that seems to come up is, what were the other ways that didn't work? What did someone like Edison learn from all of those experiments? But here's a different question. What about all of the other people with similar ideas who were working on the same thing? What became of their failures?

Did they lead to other outcomes history has largely glossed over? I imagine 10,000 other people with 10,000 other experiments. What ripples did those create? I'm sure there were many people who led bitter lives after their failures led to nothing but fragmented dreams and marked up journals burned in some far away bonfire. I'm sure others became kinder and more forgiving.

If what I'm talking about sounds familiar, it's because it's the same story we hear over and over again. It's not our failures that make us who we are. It's the stories we tell ourselves, and others about our failures, that create the person we will become.

So what kind of story are you telling yourself? What kind of stories do you see your kids telling their friends. It's worth paying attention to.

We have all found 10,000 ways that won't work, but have we failed? It's a great question. And it's one only we can answer.

I hope you find this helpful. And remember there is no perpetual parenting playbook, we're all learning as we go. And with curiosity is our map and the grit and determination to try 10,001 things to find the one that works. We can be ready for anything. So good luck today. You've got this. See you tomorrow.

With gratitude,

Kirk


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