Day 17 – Why do some people fail?

Yesterday I described four people (and “Senifeld”) who failed before they succeeded. And the list is even longer than that!

Take for example…

John Grisham: “A Time to Kill” was rejected by more than 15 publishers and Grishman himself was even rejected by an agent!

Louisa May Alcott: Alcott wrote one of my favorite books, “Little Women” but was told “to stick to your teaching; you can’t write!”

Anyway, you get the point. Thank goodness each of the people I’ve described (and many others out there) persisted despite negative feedback early on in their careers!

So why do some people fail while others succeed?

1) Those who succeed are persistent: I know many people who get discouraged at the first sign of failure. I used to be one of those people! As I’ve gotten older and I’ve been exposed to more people and situations, I realize that failure and rejection are a part of life. I have learned more from those negative experiences than I have from the postive ones. It’s so funny how we tend to brush off the good things that happen and dwell on the negative. If you’re a dweller like me, at least be productive in your dwelling… what could you do differently next time? What did you learn from the mistake? How can you move forward toward greater success in the future?

2) Those who succeed understand that there will be bumps in the road. I read a great book called “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson that describes how hard, yet rewarding it really is to pursue our dreams. We will undoubtedly encounter naysayers who will try to convince us that we’re not good enough, smart enough, strong enough etc. to get where we want to go! We tell ourselves those lies too. As the cliche goes, anything in life worth having is worth fighting for and as dreams are pursued, opposition will cross our paths. Successful people dont let the opposition stop them; they push through it and move on.

3) Successful people define success and failure accurately. In other words, failures are viewed as opportunities for growth. Life is successful, not just when the ultimate goal is met but when smaller goals are met along with the way. Life is not all about the bottom line. Check your perspective.

Sometimes just a few small tweaks can shift us from a path of negativity to great success! We can reach our goals but we have to keep moving forward and get “back on the horse!”

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