Success, everyone wants it. Very few obtain it. Why? Well… They are afraid to fail. They think that there is too much on the line. If they don’t succeed they will have to go through the uncomfortable experience of learning what they did wrong. So many people don’t experience their visions of success because they are afraid.
Why not fail you failed all through growing up. How doo you think you learned how to walk? You fell down on your backside many many times, often rather rough landings. You eventually learned to put one foot in front of the other and was walking out the door.
If you ask any person who has become successful in your eyes if they ever failed they will say YES! and proceed to explain what their failures were and what they learned from them.
Dan Miller author of the 48 Days to the Work You Love talks a lot in his podcast about when he failed so bad that he actually lost his house, his car, and everything else. He learned that his business smarts were not quite as big as he thought and learned he needed to listen to his wife and the clues he was receiving. One big clue was that he was not able to get financing
The greatest example of succeeding from failure is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, look no further. Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country. Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:
- 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
- 1818: His mother died.
- 1831: Failed in business.
- 1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
- 1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
- 1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
- 1834: Ran for state legislature again – won.
- 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
- 1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
- 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
- 1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
- 1843: Ran for Congress – lost.
- 1846: Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
- 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
- 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
- 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
- 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
- 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
- 1860: Elected president of the United States.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote
So go out and try something new you will fail the first few times but eventually you will get it right.