Maybe you’re feeling discouraged about your pathway in life. Or maybe you beat up on yourself because you haven’t accomplished what you (or others) think you should have accomplished by now. Or maybe you put your heart and soul into pursuing your dream, and – for whatever reasons – it crashed and burned.
I’d like you to hold onto – or at least ponder – this concept: You have NOT failed, until you refuse to get up and try again. Until then, it’s all a learning curve. And… it’s all GOOD.
Yes! Let that sink in. Mistakes are GOOD.
Because they show that we are learning.
When I was a downhill skier, I made sure I wiped out at least once or twice every time I skied. Because that meant I was pushing my limits; I was experimenting and pushing for something new, which would make me a better skier.
The people who get really good at anything are not the ones who only act when they are assured of the outcome. The people who become brilliant and brilliantly successful are the ones who keep trying, keep actioning, and never give up, no matter what. One word: Persistence.
So when that discouragement descends, or you start beating yourself up, sure, take some time to lick your wounds. Practice active compassion and nurturing for your lovely wounded self. And then come here to get inspiration to try again, cause it ain’t over till it’s over!
Here are 10 famous, successful people who failed repeatedly before achieving success and recognition. Allow their stories to convince you and give you hope:
1. Maybe you’ve heard the story about Albert Einstein‘s early years – that he was labeled “slow” and “mentally handicapped” in school, that he didn’t start to speak until age four, that he dropped out of high school. At the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he skipped lectures and earned unremarkable grades. So how did he go on to become the Einstein we revere today? He thought differently than he was “supposed” to. And he pursued his own way of thinking, his enormous ideas, paying little attention to the boring “details” set out before him in conventional educational institutions – until he overturned ancient understandings of time and space and became one of the most celebrated minds of a century. Oh yeah, he also won a Nobel Peace Prize. Not bad for a slow kid. [Source]
2. And Marilyn Monroe? Well, she was apparently told she couldn’t act and wasn’t pretty enough. She landed bit parts and posed for soft-porn cheesecake-advertisement trading cards. Amidst being widowed, divorced, and publicly admonished for her role in the emerging new image of sex, Monroe leveraged her influence and undeniable power to eventually establish herself as a veritable legend in film and pop culture. [Source]
3. Walt Disney was fired from an early newspaper job for lacking imagination – they said he “had no good ideas”! His first animation company, founded in 1921, failed and had to be dissolved, while Walt purportedly ate dog food to fill his hungry belly. Mickey Mouse’s first attempt at stardom was turned down by MGM, who told the rodent’s creator that women and children would be terrified by a huge mouse on screen. Disney persevered and his first break came with the success of his Three Little Pigs short, followed by an ambitious, never-before-attempted full length feature animation. Snow White earned over $8 million dollars in 1938 and won Disney 8 Oscars. [Source]
4. Isaac Newton was born prematurely to a newly widowed mother who soon left him in the care of his grandmother when she remarried. He was known later in life for an acute sense of insecurity that manifested as an anxious obsession with his own academic and professional merit. When his mother reclaimed him at the age of 12 and pulled him out of school to manage the family farm, Newton disappointed her terribly by failing to show any aptitude for his hereditary profession. Sent back to school, Newton found his calling and progressed steadily until he had distinguished himself as a scholar and philosopher, publishing some of the most influential work in the history of physics. [Source]
6. As the story goes, Oprah Winfrey overcame a childhood of extreme poverty, physical and sexual abuse, and discrimination to become one of the world’s most successful women. Along the way, her first big break was a job co-anchoring a TV news report. It quickly became apparent that she was not at all suited to the job, as stories that touched her often had her fighting back tears on air, resulting in a dull performance and a tendency to stumble over her words. She was fired – and devastated – but her next job, hosting a talk-show on the same network, revealed her true gifts of connecting personally with her guests and audience. Cue her undeniable rise to stardom and beyond… “So go ahead”, Oprah says. “Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.” [Source]
7. Here’s a simple one: Sir James Dyson, inventor of the best-selling vacuum in the United States, developed 5,127 prototypes (and spent nearly all his savings) over 15 years before getting it right. “There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.” [Source]
8. The author of Harry Potter conceived the first novel in the series as a single mother on the brink of poverty – between the first conceptual idea of the scrawny wizard boy and the book’s eventual publication, J. K. Rowling experienced a series of harrowing life challenges. Her mother passed away, and after divorcing her husband she was faced with raising her daughter alone. For a short while she was even collecting social security to make ends meet. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected 12 times before Barnes & Noble finally picked it up – eventually skyrocketing Rowling to fame and status as history’s first billionaire author. [Source]
9. Jan Koum is one of the founders of WhatsApp, a popular app that allows users to send text messages to anyone else with the app at no charge. As immigrants from the Ukraine, he and his mother survived on food stamps at first. Though WhatsApp recently sold to Facebook for $19 billion, Koum himself was previously rejected when he applied for a job at Facebook. Instead of giving up, he focused his efforts to develop “one thing, and do it well”. As a 48% shareholder in his company, Koum is worth close to $7 billion at this point – it appears he has done his “one thing” quite well. [Source]
10. Abraham Lincoln is everyone’s favorite example of failure being a necessary part of success. Between 1816, when his family was forced out of their home, and 1860, when he was elected President of the USA, Lincoln (in chronological order): failed in business, lost state elections, lost his job, failed to be accepted to law school, became deeply entrenched in debt, was engaged until his fiancee died, failed to become speaker of state legislature, failed to become elector, lost in a run for Congress, lost again, was rejected from the job of land officer, lost in a run for Senate, and then lost again. Of course, throughout this time he also made many significant personal and political achievements, and, most notably, eventually won his infamous Presidency. Failure was, perhaps, simply par for the course in a life of ambitious attempts. [Source]
These 10 examples – and there are MANY more! – show us that “failure” is merely part of the learning process. Look deeper, and see if you’re doing something ‘wrong’ that’s leading to your perceived failure, or is it just that the world is not ready for what you’re offering yet? Sometimes you have to just go ahead and put your stuff out there and wait for the world to catch up – but you don’t stop refining yourself, or your process, or your product. You don’t give up. Persistence.
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