Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has set box office records. The director, JJ Abrams, did something that has application to innovation. To make something new he went back to the basics. He went back and drew inspiration and the look from the original trilogy. To be innovative he did not just look forward, but he also drew on the past to create something new and exciting.

Edison might have said, "Do or do not, there is no fail."This is not the only lesson we can learn from Star Wars. We can also learn from one of the sayings of Master Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Edison would have liked that quote. It captures the spirit that he applied in his work, but he might have said it differently. He might have said, “Do or do not, there is no fail.”

Edison had a different perspective on failure than most people, and that is one of the reasons that he was successful. What some people call failure, he sometimes called negative results. “I never quit until I get what I’m after. Negative results are just what I’m after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results,” Edison explained. By learning from negative experiences, he made every attempt valuable. The only true failure would be not to try and then to have no result to examine.

So do what you need to do to move forward your innovation. As long and you learn from your result there will not be failure and you will progress towards success in your innovation.