Below are four facts that can help anyone who is experiencing failure.
When You Experience Failure Know That You Are in Good Company
Have you ever wondered what happened to those people who have gone through failure?
The fact is, many successful people have failed. Here are a few to consider.
1. Henry Ford wasn’t an instant success. His early businesses failed and left him broke five times.
2. R. H. Macy started seven failed business before hitting it big with his store in New York City.
3. Bill Gates: Gates didn’t seem like a winner for success after dropping out of Harvard.
4. Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken famous chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
5. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
6. Thomas Edison was told by his childhood teachers that he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
7. Theodor Seuss Giesel, known as Dr. Suess, was rejected by 27 different publishers rejected before “To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was published.
When You Experience Failure Don’t See It As the Final Word
The worst response to failure is to see it as the end.
Failure can be the catalyst that ignites excellent days ahead.
Denis Waitley, an American motivational speaker, consultant, and writer says,“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
When You Experience Failure Remember That You Are Not Alone
As shown above, many people fail. In fact, everyone has failed at some point in life.
C.S. Lewis is noted as saying, “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
When You Experience Failure, Take a Break
Failure is not always severe.
In life, failure is sometimes sad, sometimes unavoidable, and sometimes even useful.
When you experience failure of any type, taking a break and catching your breath is needed.
In her article, “Strategies for Learning from Failure,” Amy C. Edmondson has this to say about failure, “Those that catch, correct, and learn from failure before others do will succeed. Those that wallow in the blame game will not.”