Henry Ford. Walt Disney. Steve Jobs. Three wealthy businessmen who became hugely successful despite (or because of) suffering multiple failures along the way.
After a series of failed efforts to bring his automobile to the market, brilliant engineer Henry Ford said: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
I love that message. Failure is an opportunity to begin again. Why does it stop so many of us from moving forward?
Walt Disney, who experienced bankruptcy by the age of 22 and arrived in Los Angeles with only $40 to his name, in later years said: “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my trouble and obstacles have strengthened me.”
What if Disney listened when MGM Studios told him the idea of a giant mouse on a movie screen was a terrible idea? All of his (many, many) obstacles certainly did strengthen this wonderful asset to our world of entertainment.
Steve Jobs was a college dropout who would later be fired by the company he’d co-founded. He said: “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
Can you imagine a world without automobiles? Without Mickey Mouse? Without iPhones?
If these admirable men were still with us today, they would probably agree they wouldn’t have gotten where they did, had they stopped trying after they failed.
Failure is unavoidable. Unless, of course, you never take the chance to succeed.
Each of us, as business owners and as human beings with ambitions and goals, will encounter failure at least once or twice (or a dozen or more times). The question is … do we quit in the face of failure, or do we glean a lesson from the experience and keep going more intelligently?
We discover our true character in the way we cope with failure.
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Remember all the great success stories out there that were born from failure. Like Disney, Ford, and Jobs. Model these individuals.
Look deep within yourself and find whatever it takes that will help you keep going and persevere.
Stop telling yourself you can’t take the chance in case you fail. Weigh your options, make a list of pros and cons, and if the only thing holding you back is fear, go for it!
You may find it helpful to start journaling the lessons you’ve gained from past failures. I firmly believe it’s these failures that teach us what we need to know in order to become successful.
Have you suffered a failure that ended up being a great lesson for your business? Please share in the comments … I’d love to hear your story!
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