5126 times ouch

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People who know me in real life, who can’t just ignore a blog post :-D, are probably bored by now by my saying that the biggest problem eBay face is that it’s too easy to get started. People start businesses (as I did) completely by accident, with no clue where they are going, where they want to be going, where they *should* be going (even if nowhere).

Today I found the flip-side of that coin: James Dyson’s 5,126 failed protoypes before he got it right. “You should admire the person who perseveres and slogs through and gets there in the end,” says Dyson.

He’s right. You should also admire the person who knows when to give up. And more than either of those, the person who knows how to tell the difference.

3 Responses

  1. *makes mental note to produce t-shirts & posters saying “You should admire the person who perseveres and slogs through and gets there in the end,” & market them for X-Factor contestants*

  2. PMSL, Sam, nice idea! I prefer my Yoda poster that says “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” I also have Batfink saying “Your bullets cannot harm me, my wings are like a shield of steel.” It seems that little bat-like creatures are very motivational round here 😀

  3. Dyson was always going to succeed.
    With the amount of rubbish he was producing it was only a matter of time before he filled a vacuum.

    I’m sorry; I just couldn’t resist the pun.



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