“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho
Failure….the most dreadful word! Most of us fear of this word. But, in fact, failure gives us the opportunity to start again, more intelligently. Learn from your mistakes and one day, you’ll definitely get the success!
Here are some celebs, who failed initially, but never lose hope and later on, created a historic success stories.
Thomas Alva Edison
“Genius is one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.”
Besides 1,093 U.S. patents, Thomas holds several other patents in France, Germany and U.K. A hush-hush about him is that he was partially deaf from his childhood. He never considered deafness as a hindrance in his way to success; instead, he said that this helped him to concentrate better. There was a time when this great inventor used to sell vegetables and newspapers to earn his livelihood.
At the age of 67, he lost his few million dollars factory, to fire. His lifetime hard work went up in fire. Instead of getting dejected, he said, “There is a great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew.”This amazing man invented the phonograph just after 3 weeks of this disaster.
While creating the electric-bulb, he failed 10,000 times. But, he never gave up and continued his efforts. On his failure, Edison quoted “I have not failed. I have just found 9,999 ways that do not work.”
“Failure is success in progress.”
The whole world knows him as the “Father of Modern Physics”. He had speech difficulties until he was 4 and didn’t read until 7 years of age. Due to this, one of his teachers considered him as an anti-social and psychologically handicapped. Ultimately, he was debarred from the school and didn’t get admission in the ZurichPolytechnicSchool. Later, his Ph.D. thesis was dismissed by the University of Bern. But, he never gave up. It is the result of his hard work that made him a Nobel laureate.
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
At the age of 21, he failed in business; at 22 defeated in the legislature; at 24 again tasted failures in business; at 26 lost her sweetheart; at 27 had a nervous breakdown; at 34 failed to be elected to Congress; at 45 failed to become a member of the senate; at 47 failed to become vice-president; at 49 failed to become a member of the Board and at 52 elected as the President of the United States. Guess….who is he…??? Yes, he is Abraham Lincoln.
“Failure is the way to success.”
Bill Gates was dropped out of HarvardUniversity. He failed in some subjects in engineering exams. But, he never got dismayed and considered the alternatives. He worked as an office boy. He utilized his leadership skills and distinct abilities to construe the requirements of a niche market (for software) and founded “Microsoft.”
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
Before establishing Ford Motor Company, he faced several failures. Detroit Automobile Company (the 1st company established by Henry Ford) received many customer complaints of low quality and high prices. Eventually in 1901, the company got bankrupted. The second and third company collapsed due to dispute with a partner and low sales, respectively.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
This statement describes the journey (from failure to success) of Michael Jordon. Very few people know that he was dropped out from his high school basket team. But, he continued his playing and it is his hard efforts that today, the world knows him as the greatest basketball player.
“Yesterday’s failures are today’s seeds that must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest tomorrow’s success.” – Anonymous
Very nice quote! Apply it in your life……