Could You Fail 5000 Times And Still Remain Upbeat?

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James Dyson spent 15 years and 5,126 failures before he created the vacuum cleaner he wanted. His main lesson is one worth taking to heart:

It can take a very long time to develop interesting products and get them right. But our society has an instant- gratification thing. We admire instant brilliance, effortless brilliance. I think quite the reverse. You should admire the person who perseveres and slogs through and gets there in the end.

I think most of the time, "instant brilliance" is really just lucky timing.