Monday’s post about failure generated a lot of attention. I guess it struck a nerve because we ALL wrestle with failure. (If you missed it you can find it HERE.)
It’s true. Everyone faces failure. The difference between a winner and a loser is that a winner keeps trying but a loser gives up.
Want a few examples?
Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, had his high school coach say he was too short to play. Michael went home, filled with disappointment, and wept.
Richard Branson, the self-made billionaire who started Virgin Airlines, did poorly in school and struggled with dyslexia.
Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty and lost eight elections, had two business failures, and had a severe nervous breakdown.
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was kicked to the curb by the company he started in his garage. But when the company started to slip he came back as the savior.
J.K. Rowling became a multi-millionaire author after writing the Harry Potter series in spite of adversity. After dreaming up the Harry Potter character her mother died, she divorced, and faced relative poverty.
What do all of these, and many other successful giants have in common? They were all failures. But they didn’t give up. They learned how to use failure as a springboard to leverage success.
One of the 6 principles of the ReFIRE process is centered on the word FREE. You can be FREE from the failures of the past. The best way to free yourself from failure is to turn it into success.
Here’s the biggest secret you will ever discover about failure: the only real failure is the failure to try again. “I give up” are the three most terrifying words in the English language.
Let me encourage: DON’T give up. You can turn failure into success.