You have failed at a project at work, lost a position to someone else, or simply were fired. Your heart is in the doldrums and you feel the sting of failure. You cannot imagine how this could have happened to you. How could this be?
Don’t let your failures stop you. Some of the best successes in the world have followed the biggest failures. Our failures pave the road to success. We learn more, grow more, and refine our character more when we fail. The bigger we fail, the more we learn. You won’t make that mistake again! It is an educational journey. It is like getting a certificate for a class completion. You’ve earned an education in failure. You’ve learned more about creating success from that failure than any class that you could have taken.
What do you think of when you think of Abraham Lincoln? Don’t you visualize an amazing president? He was a man that had failed in business. He failed running for state legislature and at one point had a nervous breakdown. He failed as a farmer. He was finally elected to the legislature and he lost the vote to be speaker. He ran for Congress and lost. He ran for the US Senate and lost. He even ran for Vice President and lost. He learned from his failures.
Are your failures blurring your vision? You can still be great. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and head in the direction of your passions. It doesn’t matter that you’ve failed. It doesn’t matter that you’ve had a setback.
Walt Disney had to dissolve his first animation company, leaving him without money to pay rent and food. He survived by eating dog food. He then created a somewhat successful character called Oswald the Rabbit. When he attempted to have Universal Studios pay more for the cartoon, Universal Studios hired Disney’s artists out from under him and obtained ownership of the character. When he tried to persuade MGM Studios to distribute Mickey Mouse, they told him the idea would never work.
Walt learned from each setback. He continued to take even bigger risks. Because of the wisdom that he gained from his failures, he continued to learn and grow and push the envelope. Every successful person that you will meet will have a string of failures in their wake.
Your success is just around the bend. Pick yourself up. Brush yourself off, and go make it happen.
by Bethany Williams