Any day anywhere in the world, failure is alone and success is a great company. And as Galeazzo Ciano, the Italian politician said, “Victory finds a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” There is nothing as frustrating as being a former rich man, or a former successful person.
Failure is very bitter in content, and devastating in result. We must avoid it at all cost.
Some imperative questions are: is it possible for people to win continuously? Why do some people start out as “failures” but end up as huge successes? And why do some people do very well in their business, career, marital life, finances, and professional life but fail woefully at some point? Why are some men even chronic failures?
Steve Mueller gives some of the reasons people fail to include lack of self-discipline, lack of persistence, fear of failure, lack of planning, lack of self-confidence, excuses, failure to accept responsibility, and procrastination.
At whatever point you’re now as an entrepreneur, and even as somebody in paid employment, draw inspiration from these persons who initially “failed” but today are great names, heroes and heroines in their own rights. I’m talking about such stars as:
Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job in Baltimore. She never gave up her passion. Today, she is the undisputed queen of television talk shows and has amassed billions of dollars in the process. Oprah says, “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
Walt Disney had also suffered sack. He was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Today the Walt Disney Company is an American multinational mass media conglomerate, an empire of its own, in the world.
Albert Einstein was the greatest scientist of the 20th century. Though his teacher had described him as mentally retarded, yet he kept trying. Elbert Hubbard says, “There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
Abraham Lincoln perhaps recorded the greatest number of political and business “failures” in the world. But at the end, he emerged the US President.
How You Can Make Yourself too Hot for Failure to Handle
(1) An empowering truth is that you should know that nothing worthwhile comes easy. You must toil, sweat and pass the “persistence test” before God and life will approve of you as qualified for the next level.
(2) If you have “failed” once or twice before, know that they were only events in your life. That has not made you a failure. As long as you have not thrown in the towel in your mind, you’ve not been defeated.
(3) Whenever you suffer a setback, take immediate action to re-launch. I share my experience with you. A few years ago, my wife and I attended the matriculation ceremony of one of our sons who gained admission into the university. My wife was the one driving the new car I just bought for her. Along the way, she over swerved and before we knew it, the vehicle got right on top of the pavement in the middle of the dual carriage way.
She was a little bit afraid and wanted me to drive when I got help from people around to push the car out of the way. She had just completed driving school two weeks earlier. I encouraged her to continue driving, knowing that if she allowed fear of “failure” to overcome her, she wouldn’t be able to drive again maybe throughout life. She accepted the challenge, took immediate action, and drove us safely to the venue. She’s been driving well ever since.
(4) Henrik Edberg suggests that you should find inspiration and support from your world. Read your Bible and inspirational books, listen to empowering messages on DVDs and so on to keep your momentum high.
(5) Never quit: Always have the attitude of standing up whenever there is a setback. Proverbs 24:10 says that a just man falls seven times and rises up again seven times.
(6) Focus on creative solutions: Whatever your mind dwells on grows. The more you focus on finding answers, the stronger and more creative you become. The more you focus on solutions, the weaker and thinner the mental link between you and failure also becomes.
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