"Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes." -Rick Pitino, Head Basketball Coach, University of Lousiville
Understand you might fail to attempt to achieve your goals. Nobody said success would be easy. However, the important thing to remember is that you never quit or give up if you fail. Although failure is part of life, you are only a failure if you stop trying to do better.
Great accomplishments hardly ever occur on the first try. The best developments result from failure. Failure provides you with a chance to revise, redevelopment, and rethink your strategy to be more successful. Failure is just a part of the success process. The way to conquer failure takes two steps. Step one is to realize that it happens. Then, the second step is to learn from it. Failure will teach you valuable lessons about succeeding.
Failure is a part of trying. I would rather fail to try to accomplish something than not even try at all. Do not quit when faced with failure as you may be closer to succeeding than you think. Successful people are not afraid to fail. I think fear is the greatest factor in causing failure. Many people fail before they even start because of fear.
Thomas Edison failed approximately 2,000 times before finally inventing the light bulb. Rather than getting discouraged and quitting when he had an unsuccessful attempt, he would simply say that he was one step closer to finding the correct procedure. Can you imagine trying to achieve something 2,000 times before becoming successful? Many people stop trying after one attempt or only two attempts.
One more example is that Abraham Lincoln lost about 8 elections before becoming President of the United States. Even though he continued to lose elections, he never gave up pursuing his dreams. He kept putting himself on the ballot. He kept campaigning. Finally, people took notice, and they elected him. He became among the most influential men in the world, and he’ll always be known for it.
If these examples seem too obscure, consider author Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. They attempted 144 times to be published. Each time they were rejected. Finally, with perseverance, they were published. Jack received a check for a million dollars with a happy face in one of the o’s.
You don’t have to be the next greatest inventor or the next best-selling author. You simply need to be a better you, a happier you. Therefore, push fear aside, take a risk, and learn from your failures. Then, you could achieve more than you ever imagined.
“Persistence is the ability to face defeat again and again without giving up – to push on in the face of great difficulty, knowing that victory can be yours.”-Unknown
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