Nobody wants to be associated with failure because the world has made us believe that it’s a bad thing to fail but actually it can be a good thing if your attitude is right. We have all failed at something in this journey called life. But it’s only those who refuse to let ‘Failure’ discourage them who will always make things happen.
Here are some of the greats who started out as failures but persevered in spite of what others said about their abilities to succeed in their chosen fields. They turned failure into stepping stones.
I found their stories to be helpful and inspiring and I hope you too, my friend, will enjoy and get inspired to never get discouraged when the going gets rough and when no one is believing in you.
-Walt Disney…..was fired by a newspaper editor because ‘he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’ He went bankrupt not once but several times before he built Disneyland and a successful film studio.
– Henry Ford failed and went broke Five (5) times before he succeeded. He is credited with this popular quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
-Getrude Stein submitted poems to editors for nearly twenty years before one was finally accepted.
-Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was ‘too stupid to learn anything’.(Can you imagine!) He was fired from his first two jobs for being ‘non-productive’. As an inventor, Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, ‘How did it feel to fail 1000 times?’ Edison replied, ‘I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.’ He is known for this life changing remark…..”Many people who failed in life simply didn’t realize how close to success they were when they gave up”.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Michael once observed, ‘I have failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.’ What a perspective on Failure!
Some of us have failed so many times than we care to remember. To refresh your memory, can you remember the very first time you tried to ride a bike or drive a car, how challenging it was and embarrassing when you failed to master just the basic principles. You kept at it until you succeeded. I am glad that I didn’t give up, otherwise I would still be relying on other people to drive me places.
Aren’t we glad the above pioneers and great achievers never gave up on their dreams because of the failures they experienced along the way. The world continues to enjoy the fruits of their persistence.
Are you experiencing failure ? DON’T let it frustrate you, MAKE it your stepping stone.
This is my story and I am sticking to it!