What do Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and Michael Jordan all have in common?
They all had failures before they became successful.
Thomas Edison tried many (some estimate 1,000) materials before he discovered the right one for the filament for his electric light. Walt Disney was told by a newspaper that they were firing him because he could not draw and lacked imagination. Steve Jobs was fired from his own company only to go on and create NeXT computers, Pixar Animations, was rehired by Apple, and then changed the way the world looks at electronics. Michael Jordan went home and cried when he did not make his high school basketball team only to be a 14 time NBA All Star, five time NBA Most Valuable Player and six time NBA champion. etc. and is considered by some to be the Best Basketball Player to have ever lived.
We can learn from these, and countless others, not to give up on our dreams, to be courageous and preserver, to be resilient and not give up. We can use our failures to build a strong character that can withstand whatever obstacles we may have to face.
If we want to be successful in life, and by success I mean a life that is worth living, a life that is filled with wonder, joy, wholeness, and abundance, then we have to learn not to see the bumps in the road as obstacles, but as training tools so that we may truly become all that we were meant to be.
Quote of the Week
“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”