The difference is that he always persevered. Edison once maintained that failing 1,000 times was not failure but merely showed him 1,000 ways that were "not right" (Stross 184). By seeing failure as a stepping stone to future success, Edison had the perseverance that enabled him to attain his goals, coming up with amazing achievements based on never giving up when he failed.
The history books are filled with individuals whose perseverance inspires us all and led to the achievement of their dreams or goals. Nelson Mandela was jailed for decades but ultimately became a free man responsible for ending Apartheid in South Africa. Having just celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, we see how his perseverance against massive odds led to our current president being a black man, a reflection of the "dream" had by King. Others like baseball great Hank Aaron also knew that perseverance was achievement in disguise, because perseverance takes time and must be exhibited during difficult times when many would give up. As Aaron, who helped shatter the color line in Major League Baseball in America, once stated of his amazing success and triumphs, "My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging" (1). Few individuals have ever succeeded as much or as well without the quality of perseverance being a significant part of their character.
There are many examples of people who inspire us in our own lives. My mother has inspired me with her perseverance on many occasions. She never gives up, no matter how bad things get. Once when I asked her how come she never seemed down or cried when things were bad, she told me, "If I quit who will there be to keep fighting?" This has given me strength and helped me persevere many times in my own life. Personally, I was always amazed by the perseverance of Lan