If we didn’t fail we’d never achieve our dreams
When people see me today it’s easy to see only my success. We live in a world where everyone shares and announces their successes and covers up their failures.
It creates a false idea that everyone around you is doing incredibly well and you’re clearly lacking. All those people out there that seem to be constantly winning at life? They’ve definitely failed before they reached those goals.
Sometimes our failures lead us in entirely new directions, to things we didn’t even know we were meant to be doing.
A great example is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
A lot of people don’t know that the famous wrestler/actor’s original dream was to be an NFL player. He started out in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Calgary Stampeders. At 22 he’d just arrived, and was about to play his first game in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions. Two days after he got to Vancouver he was cut from the team. He returned home with $7 in his pocket.
At first Johnson felt like his world had been turned upside down. His hopes of eventually making it in the NFL were crushed. In reality, making it in the NFL was the best thing to never happen to him. It was this failure that led him into professional wrestling and, later, Hollywood superstardom.
Did you know that Warren Buffett has failed numerous times in his long, storied career? In fact, in some ways his decision to buy Berkshire Hathaway, at the time a group of textile factories, was a huge failure. He bet that the textile industry was going to come back strong. He was completely wrong. He accepted his losses, and instead of retreating he transformed the business into an incredibly successful holding company, earning billions in the process.
The next time you fail, which is inevitable for all of us, take a deep breath and think about what you’ve learned from it. Channel that into greater things.
As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
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