There were three possible outcomes to his search for the solution to perpetual motion. The first outcome; his search ended in success and he sold the secret for 100,000 Thaler. That didn't happen. Secondly, he succeeded in finding the secret but failed to sell it. That is the outcome we all know, and which we hope to correct in order to achieve his desired ending, if post humously. But the third outcome involves him spending his entire life searching for the elusive secret and never finding it.
What might his life have been like in those circumstances? Actually he had several options open to him. Herr Weise, his schoolmaster, had tried to educate many of his pupils for positions within the establishment, and we know that Bessler was a star pupil in which case perhaps his prospects were good for a position at court, or within the maintence of large organisations such as Kassel, as blacksmith, surveyor, armourer or instrument maker - he had the skills. Or he could have continued as an organ maker or a medical man, even if not entitled to call himself a Doctor, or even found work as a watchmaker. His options seem almost limitless compared to most who had his upbringing. We know he had an entrepreneurial ability, so his chosen course seems almost suicidal given the reception his claims had.
But he never wavered from his determined course, despite numerous setbacks, he seems to have been obsessed with finding the secret. Such a preoccupation or fixation is easily understood by we fellow researchers, but hopefully we do not exclude all external stimuli to the degree he did. We are required to work, to earn a living and provide for our families to some extent, if possible. This limits the time we can spend in our chosen field of research, but Bessler states that the chief reason he succeeded when all before had failed, was for the very simple reason that he had no family and no income other than that required to feed, clothe himself and fund his activities. He was therefore able to devote evey working hour to finding the secret of perpetual motion.
This brings me to another aspect of our research. Much is made of the marvellous ability of simulation software to permit the testing of various designs. Yes I agree it can be a great time and expense saver, but only if you have the complete design available to input. One of the greatest benefits for me has been the occasional 'eureka' moment when, in mid-assembly of a particular mechanism, I suddenly see an alternative which looks more hopeful than the current design, and I either complete the assembly I'm working on before returning to the new avenue of promise to test my new revelation, or sometimes I forgo completion of the current assembly and go straight to the modified version.
I'm sure many will say that obviously the new avenue of design did not fulfill its promise and therefore such revelations are not worth exxperiencing, but I disagree. One of those periodic revelations were exactly what Bessler experienced and many of us who insist that hands-on building is the only way to achieve success know exactly what I mean.
One more thing; producing a sim of a working wheel will have absolutely no benefit in convincing the vast numbers of sceptics in accepting the claim to success. Neither will producing a video of a working wheel. The only thing that will convince is the precise description of all the parts with explanations of how and why they work ...plus a full explanation of the actual concept; the reason why it does not conflict with the physical laws. Once that information is published and enough people test the theory and explanation to prove the claims, then and only then will the concept be accepted and become incorporated in the world of science.