Deep down within all of us I believe there is a desire to empower others to achieve their fullest potential; their own personal goals as well as the goals of the community as a whole. And the way that we can achieve this together is by utilising setbacks and hardships as an opportunity to make positive change and productive change.
So in order to effectively demonstrate what I mean by this vision, I have decided to share a series of moments when successful people as we know them today, have failed to accomplish what they desired to achieve, but only for the short term. So please reflect on this:
- Bill Gates the developer of Microsoft failed in his first business attempt
- Walt Disney – was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
- Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.
- The Beatles – were told “we don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,”
- Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven
- Oprah Winfrey – was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV.”
- Michael Jordan was cut from his High School basketball team
So Why is failure good for Success?
Society doesn’t reward defeat, and you won’t find many failures documented in history books. The exceptions are those failures that become stepping-stones to later success. Such is the case with Thomas Edison, whose most memorable invention, the light bulb, took him 1,000 tries before he developed a successful prototype. When asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison responded, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times,” “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Where we are now, is our present – but it does not define us. What defines us is what we do with the position we are presently in. Do we keep pressing on even though things don’t seem to be working out, or do we just accept that things aren’t working out and give up? (It’s up to you).
I know sometimes you might find it difficult to find the effort to keeping pressing on, but it’s less about the effort itself and more about just directing your focus to the important things. It’s in the mindset of not trying to achieve things overnight, but being patient in the fact that all the best things in life take time, perseverance and resistance against setbacks.
All the best things in life take time, perseverance and resistance against setbacks.
I want to tell you that there is nothing to lose if you just give everything your best shot. Even if you’re like 90% sure you want something, but there’s 10% of the time when you doubt whether you truly want it, that’s actually a healthy thought to have.
Here’s why, it’s because we’re weighing up in our mind whether the risk will be worth the reward, and it’s natural for us as humans to do that. The one thing that I really want to emphasise once again is that you only have something to gain if you continue to push through your doubt. I guarantee that the more you press on toward those goals you’re 90% sure of – the closer you will get to 100% and the doubt will fade.
You don’t think that there was a time when Thomas Edison himself came to a crossroad when he had doubt that he would ever achieve his ambitions to invent the light bulb? Of Course he did – he’s human. He had that doubt, but he still pressed on.
Your example of perseverance will inspire others.
~ The Mind Connectory, 2020
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