Monday, September 7, 2015
Failing Your Way to Success
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
--Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State
What is success? Is it the young boy who wanted baseball cards, set up a lemonade stand to make $5, and bought them? Is it the pre-teen girl who has her eyes on a special pair of earrings, babysits to make enough money to buy them, and purchases them?
How do you determine success? Do you make a string of goals and mark your successes with each goal you reach? Maybe you set a formidable goal that lasts a lifetime before you reach it, but when you do, then you arrive at your planned-for success.
Some attach success to having things: if I get the big house, the expensive car, elegant clothes, and fine jewelry, then I'll be a success. That could be called the "look-at-me success." Mother Teresa apparently didn't strive for those things; would you consider her a success?
But then what does last forever? Again, what is success?
Define success for yourself and make sure you're passionate about reaching it. We might be wise to set worthwhile and realistic goals for ourselves and do what's necessary to reach them. But remember these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author and poet: "Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail."
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