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Success After Failure
We would like to address an important topic: failure. It’s often a taboo subject. Many people fear that the very word itself will bring misfortune upon their own business. We are here to tell you that’s not the case.
In the midst of failure, it is often beneficial to see failure as a time to revaluate. You may even begin to recognize it as a blessing in disguise. Below you’ll find stories of failure that were just a launchpad towards success.
Failure is not the end.
JK Rowling had a failed marriage in her 20s and as she puts it, “was as poor as you can be in modern England without being homeless.” It was when she hit rock bottom that she was able to reevaluate what was important to her and identify her true passions in life. This pursuit allowed her to finish the first installment of Harry Potter. Today, she can proudly boast that she was the world’s first billionaire author. Instead of looking at rock bottom as the end, she saw it as “a firm foundation to build a new life.”
“Failure is a prerequisite for great success.” Brian Tracy
Thomas Edison was often asked about the thousands of failures he encountered when inventing the light bulb. He famously responded, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent van Gogh
Stephen King’s most famous debut novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. After the 30th rejection, he threw out the manuscript. His wife rescued the document and convinced him to try for the 31st time. It was accepted.
“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.” –Ross Perot
These are just some of the many stories we can point to as ‘rags to riches’ tales. They endured countless hardships. However, instead of succumbing to defeat, each of these individuals decided to persevere instead.
Find a way to motivate yourself onward in your pursuit. Or, like Rowling, find a new goal that challenges and excites you. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you develop and move forward. The only true failure is one that readily accepts defeat.
To all of you reading, stay motivated, stay hungry, and good luck!