It took 1,000 tries for Thomas Edison to hit on the perfect prototype for the light bulb. When asked by a reporter how he felt about failing 1,000 times, he said, "I didn't fail a 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
The lesson? Without perseverance and hard work, even geniuses will get stuck at the 1,000-steps stage and miss the success that awaits them on the other side.
Get out your iPhone or your stone slab. We write with pictures now.
When a friend told me recently that the youth these days use emojis to build phrases, like how we use words to make a sentence, my response was, "Really? Are we going back to hieroglyphics?"
I checked in with my 20-something cousin, and apparently this is a sensation that has been sweeping the nation for a while. A tech recruiter I know describes emoji conversations as "an interpretive dance." These artful statements may send the correct message or they may not. It's all about interpretation.