Giving Up? Not So Fast!

By: Wynn Puller

We should never give up. That is what meany great inventors have tried to tell people over the centuries. For example, Thomas Edison. When he completed the lightbulb, he said, "I have not failed 2,000 times, I have found 2,000 ways how not to make a lightbulb." All we have to do is show a little bit of grit, and we are halfway to solving our problems.

If you think about it, we can improve others inventions. Like Thomas Edison. He didn't improve the lightbulb by sitting on the couch eating potato chips, because they were invented in the early 1900's, and Edison was probably dead by then. The important thing is, you can improve things like the wheelchair or water bottles that are non-disposable.

In Greek and Roman times, there was a great inventor. His name was Archimedes. Most of his work was done for King Hiero II. One story says that a goldsmith was making a crown for the king. The king thought that the goldsmith had cheated by mixing in some less costly silver in with the gold. The king asked Archimedes to find out if this was the case.

Archimedes found the answer while bathing. He noticed that when he got in the tub, he displaced some water. He ran out into the streets without dressing shouting, "Eurika!"(I have found it). Archimedes calculated the volume of the crown, and an equal amount of gold. The volumes were different. The goldsmith had cheated (Maor, 2016).

Many successful people have to think outside of the box. George Washington Carver made more than 300 peanut products including peanut soap, peanut oil, peanut butter, and a milk substitute (Kremer, 2016). Even though he was a slave, was black, and had to have 3 jobs to get a good education, he never gave up.

Sometimes it is easer to sit back and watch. Even so, things will be harder in the long run if nobody did anything. Sometimes you even feel good about yourself if you persevere. You could get some money from inventions or pattons. Lastly, you would be remembered during, and after your lifetime.

Nobody should give up. Sometimes we need to think outside the box, But other's inventions can always be improved. Inventions are machines. They need fixing up over time, and more can always be invented. So the next time you have an idea, persevere. Maby someday it will be a commonly used device.


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Maor, Eli. "Archimedes." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 28 Jan. 2016.