This statement is very bold but it has been proven over and over again by people that have excelled at their craft in all sectors of the economy & life.
If you really think about it we learn more from our failures than we do from our wins.
Let’s take a look at the careers of a few well known people and it’ll prove my point.
Let’s take a look at the career of the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln.
Did you know that honest Abe started many businesses and failed miserably?
Did you know that Abe Lincoln filed bankruptcy twice?
He was also defeated 26 times while running for public office.
Did Abraham Lincoln let these defeats define who he was and steal his dreams?
No, he kept at it… he kept putting himself out there and trying and failing many times in life until he succeeded being elected to the most powerful office in the United States.
Can you imagine what history would be like if he had cowered and had given up?
Let’s take a look at another famous person in history…Michael Jordan.
Some people think he was the best basketball player that ever lived.
That may be true but how did he get to be the best?
He failed many many times before he got to the top of his profession.
Do you know he was cut from his high school basketball team?
Thankfully Michael Jordan didn’t let this minor setback deter him from following his dream.
In fact he attributes his many failures as the reason he’s become successful and stated this in a famous ad…
“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.”
Profound insight, I have a lot of respect for people who have the ability to look inwardly and come up with an honest analysis from their life lessons.
Let’s take a look now at the famous author of thrillers Stephen King.
His first book titled Carrie was rejected 30 times. He decided to just throw it away but his wife stepped in and encouraged him to keep trying.
He took her advice and resubmitted the book and the result was he’s one of the best selling authors ever with hundreds of books published.
Some of his stories have even been made into movies.
How about Colonel Sanders?
Did you know that Colonel Sanders sold his first franchise at 74 years old?
These famous people and thousands of others have the same story when we boil everything down.
They failed countless times but they didn’t let that stop them, they didn’t let a few failures define them and steal their dream.
These stories of success through many failures are truly an inspiration.
They remind me of the famous quote from Winston Churchill…
“Never, never, never give up.”