No one likes to fail. Let’s face it. But as they say, if at once you don’t succeed, try try, again. That is how you transform failure into a valuable lesson learned and into a success. For the only true way one fails, is if one becomes disillusioned and not only quits, but gives up and spirals into the void.
Some of the world’s greatest successes sprung from previous failures.
Some of the world’s greatest visionaries, leaders, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and inventors failed not once but many a times prior to their successes. So next time you think you failed or you did fail, remember you’re in good company. So pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and go back to the drawing board.
Next time, recite the mantra—Find…Another…Idea… Learn! Because you never know when the tide may change and the next idea becomes the next best thing.
If that doesn’t help, here’s some real world inspiration and stories to keep back on track and moving forward. They all did it. You can too.
- Isaac Newton was a poor student in his early years and failed at the family business so much so that he was d shipped off to Cambridge. The rest is history.
- Albert Einstein was mute until he was four, illiterate and unable to read until he was seven, and deemed mentally handicapped and slow. Not bad for the father of modern physic and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
- Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper gig for being unimaginative and unoriginal and after filing bankruptcy following a series of failed business ventures, he not only found the key to success, he created his own imaginative kingdom, which thrives today.
- Socrates was sentenced to death as “an immoral corruptor of youth”. Today he is considered one of the fathers of philosophy and his works and contributions are timeless.
- Thomas Edison was told he was stupid as a child, he was fired from his earlier jobs, he failed more than 1000 times before getting the light bulb to work. His persistence not only paid off, it brought artificial light to the world.
- Abraham Lincoln was demoted from Captain to Private during the Black Hawk War, and was defeated in many public office runs. He later became one of our country’s most influential and most beloved presidents.
- Oprah Winfrey was once fired from a TV reporter job and told she was “unfit for TV.” She sure proved them wrong, did she not?
- Marilyn Monroe was advised in her early career to quit her Hollywood hopes and to become a secretary instead. She proved them wrong by redefining the definition of glamour.
- Steven King was rejected approximately 30 times after which he tossed manuscript into the trash. His wife retrieved the manuscript and convinced him to submit one more time. Today that book not only launched his prolific career, it is a movie that was so successful it’s still going strong nearly 40 years later, including this year’s remake’s release. It’s title: Carrie.
- Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime and that was to a friend; but he never quit painting, providing the world with the likes of Irises, The Starry Night, Sunflowers—all of which are worth hundreds of millions or more.