Has Failure gotten the best of you?
Being on a success mission can be lonely. Things don’t always go according plan and most times you feel like you are a Failure.
Feelings of doubt and discouragement can overcome when you reach milestones and challenges along your journey. You end up asking yourself, what am I doing? Maybe all those people who said I wasn’t going to make it are right.
Absolute rubbish, they are not right. You know you were destined to be best you can be, so that’s what you need to be.
Are you chasing your dreams or goals because of desperation or inspiration? Because if you are being motivated by desperation then you are going to be in trouble very fast.
Desperation will cause you to take the next exit every time you come across a milestone.
See failure as;
- Part of the process.
- Learning curve.
- Feedback, be honest with yourself about the reason for the failure.
- Wake up call that it won’t be easy, but worth it.
Some successful people who repeatedly failed before they found success in their work
- Chris Gardener struggled, but was committed to living a better life, one that didn’t involve so much struggle and turmoil. He met a man driving a red Ferrari who ultimately led him on a career path to become a stockbroker. But, during that journey, he suffered through an eviction and homelessness, jail and an eventual divorce. But that didn’t stop him from pursuing what he wanted.
- Colonel Harland Sanders, after a couple of failed businesses and a failed marriage, and with just a $105 social security check to his name, at the age of 65-years old, he set out to sell his franchised-chicken model to restaurants across the country. He was famously rejected by 1,009 restaurants before one agreed to his idea.
- Ophrah Wimpfery was born in a poor family and during her early years, Winfrey says she was sexually molested by her cousin, her uncle and a family friend. At the age of 13-years old, she ran away from home. At 14-years old, she was pregnant and gave birth prematurely to a baby that died shortly after birth. At the age of 17-years old, she interned at a radio station, creating a love for the media, and eventually landing a job after college as a news anchor in Nashville. After college, she moved to Baltimore to co-anchor the news, but was later removed by the producer for being unfit for television.
- Michael Jordan, at the age of 15-years old, while a sophomore in high school, Jordan was passed up for the varsity basketball team, instead being assigned to the junior varsity team. He cried after he saw that list without his name on it. But instead of giving up, his mom convinced him to push forward. Every time he thought about stopping his training, he would picture that list without his name on it.
- Robert Kiyosaki, early in his 30’s he started a few companies and experienced huge setbacks, However, it wasn’t until 1997, at the age of 50-years old, when he wrote and published the Rich Dad Poor Dad book, that he became famous internationally. The book has since sold over 26 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 51 languages.
- KJ Rowling, at some point in her life she felt as if she had failed at just about everything she had ever attempted to do. She was diagnosed with clinical depression and was suicidal. Two years later, in 1995, five years after the initial idea her book had come to her, she managed to finish the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and was rejected by 12 publishers before her books were accepted.
- Walt Disney was turned down 302 times before he got funding for Disney World
If all these people and more which are not mentioned on the list gave up at the first sign of difficulty, they wouldn’t have seen the success they deeply desired.
We all want some sort of success in life. Whether we aspire to be a world class chef, athlete, artist or speaker, practice makes perfect. The trick is to know what you want and to keep working at improving yourself.
It’s easy to become downcast when we keep trying our best and find doors closed in our faces.
Throughout history, there have been thousands of famous failures. Even before recorded history, people pushed through their difficulties using their burning desire to succeed. This stems beyond mere survival. Survival is built into our DNA — it’s part of the matter that makes us who we are.
However, human beings weren’t just made to survive; we were made to thrive.
Remember, you’re never too old to try again. It’s never too late to take another shot at success.
As mentioned above, some of these famous failures were in their 60’s when they gave it another go such as Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of KFC, who was a 65-year old when he had nothing more than a $105 social security check in his possession and a recipe for his now-famous fried chicken.
You get the idea? Never give up on your hopes and your dreams. Never allow someone else to tell you that you’re not good enough, smart enough or talented enough to achieve greatness in whatever capacity you’re seeking. You can do anything you put your mind to. But you must be believe and let your burning desire drive you.
“Failure is detour, not a dead-end”