Is success more important in life or to keep trying and making efforts to get there? Is the destination more important than the pursuit? It very much depends on your view of success.
Some ascribe to the view that one must have goals and to achieve those goals is success.
Others are of the view that success lies in the journey taken rather than at the point of goal attainment. Remember – for those of you that just read something and thought, “AH HA! Awesome point”, the key is to do something with it. Even if it’s a small, somewhat silly, step forward, something is something.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
~ Samuel Beckett
Imagine how you would feel if you are on try number 100 with no end in sight in creating the next big thing.The lesson is not the amount of tries but to keep on trying to find your success. No one can be successful without trying and without believing in own capacities and labor. Keep trying and success are two sides of the same coin. Sometimes even our biggest failures are crucial for our greatest successes.
- Bill Gates’s first company, Traf-O-Data, failed.
- 3 times Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of South California, after which he dropped out to become a director
- 30 times Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected before it was published.
- 162 times the author of this info graphic made searches for this data
- 400 times Richard Branson launched companies before he founded one ‘out of this world’ [Virgin Galatic]
- “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
- 1009 times Colonel Sanders who just started KFC was turned down when he tried selling fried chicken recipe
- 1500 times Sylvester Stallone was rejected when he tried selling his script and himself as the film ‘Rocky’
- Thomas A. Edison tried 10,000 times to build a light bulb that could work.
These are just a few examples of incredible people that were able to overcome a great many disappointments to accomplish their dreams.
2. Do your best
As Chuck Palahniuk once said: “The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit. If you’re doing your best, you won’t have time to worry about failure. Do your best work by challenging the way you did things yesterday, by allowing your passion to see the light of day, by expecting nothing less than you playing at world-class. Life is about failing and learning from your mistakes. If you want a truly happy and successful life, you have to be willing to stand up and never give up. Truly successful people are positive and they know that each failure gets them closer to their goals. Failures are nothing but mere stepping stones to success.
3. Do whatever it takes
Marvelous Marvin Hagler, a tremendous fighter in the 80’s and the middleweight champion for seven years, once said, “When I wake up, I train as hard as I can. But when I wake up weary, unmotivated, and I don’t feel like training, I work twice as hard. That’s what separates me from my competition.” Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.
So, the next time you don’t get the result you were hoping for, take courage. Every failure or disappointment we experience is merely another signpost to our success.Action trumps inaction every time. So, as long as you are moving, know that you are moving forward.