"A Light Bulb Went Off": Not a Failure but A Life Lesson

I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work

I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work

Last weekend, after spending 2 hours, I failed to make a brand new GE Full Color Smart Light bulb work. I felt stressed out. But by applying Flourish Space’s stress reduction technique, I was able to reduce my stress level from 8 (out of 10) to 1. This “failure” turned out to be a huge lesson for me. You can learn about how I reduced my stress in 10 minutes below.

To apply the Flourish Space technique, I tried to answer the following questions in writing:

What situation is making me stressed?

I bought a new GE smart light bulb which would have thousands of colors through the control of an app on my phone. But after spending 2 hours, I still could not even connect the smart light bulb to my phone, let alone change its colors.

What emotions do I have connected to the stress?

I felt frustrated, disappointed and angry. I probably felt frustrated the most strongly.

What is the negative automatic thought that caused me to feel frustrated?

I bought this brand new allegedly smart light bulb from GE. Not only it didn’t work, but I wasted 2 hours trying to make it work!

What evidence do I have to support the negative thought?

I wasted 2 hours on a Sunday night when I was supposed to be resting to get ready for the work week.

What is an alternative positive thought that I can come up with the situation?

I didn’t fail. I just figured out one way to NOT make the light bulb connect to my phone. Instead of a failure, I learned something new. When I realized this, I remembered the Thomas Edison story. Legend has it that a journalist asked Thomas Edison how he was able to keep experimenting on how to make the light bulb work despite having failed many times. Edison responded “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Just like this, after writing for 10 minutes and asking myself some simple questions, my stress level reduced from 8 (out of 10) to 1.

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