Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! William E. Gladstone said that, “No man ever became great or good except through many great mistakes.” Many people fail to take action because they are afraid to fail. Successful people, on the other hand, realize that failure is an important part of the leaning process. They know that failure is just a way to prepare yourself for a great future.
This principle is perhaps demonstrated most compellingly in the area of start-up businesses. For instance, investors in some nations know that most businesses fail. But in the venture capital industry, a new statistic is emerging. If the founding entrepreneur is 55 years or older, the business has 73% better chance of survival. Why? Because the older entrepreneurs have made many mistakes and they have gained uncommon experiences from them.
One of my favorite stories about the value of failure is about a famous research scientist who had made several very important medical breakthroughs. He was been interviewed by a newspaper reporter, who asked him why he thought he was able to achieve so much more than the average person. In other words, what set him apart from others?
He responded that it all came from a lesson his mother has taught him when he was two years old. He’d been trying to take a bottle of milk out of the refrigerator, when he lost his grip and spilled the entire contents on the kitchen floor.
His mother, instead of scolding him, said, “What a wonderful mess you’ve made! I’ve rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage is already done. Would you like to get down and play in the milk before we clean it up?”
Indeed, he did. And, after a few minutes, his mother continued, “You know, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up. So, how would you like to do that? We could use a towel, sponge, or mop. Which do you prefer?”
After they were finished cleaning up the milk, she said, “What we have here is a failed experiment in how to carry a big bottle of milk with two tiny hands. Let’s go out in the backyard, fill the bottle with water, and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.” And they did.
What a wonderful lesson! The scientists remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn’t have to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes are just opportunities for learning something new- which, after all, is what scientific experiments are all about. That spilled milk led to a lifetime of learning experiences- experiences that were the building blocks of a lifetime of world- renowned successes and medical breakthroughs!
I strongly believe that it is not failure or mistakes that stops people from attaining greatness, it is their attitude towards it. In this life, it is guaranteed that you must fail, what will determine your rating is what you did when you experienced failure. I have seen people whose businesses collapsed, and their entire life collapsed. Some of them believe that their world have come to an end.
Our obsession with enemies and demons have robbed many people the life changing lessons they would have learned from failure. Instead of finding out why things are not working out, they will rush to seers to tell them who is behind their predicaments. Anyone who wants to succeed in this life must be ready to make mistakes. Some of the mistakes can wipe out all your efforts in order to give you the opportunity to start all over again.
Michael Jordan said; “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Admiral Robert Peary attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he made it on try number eight. In its first twenty-eight attempts to send rockets into space, NASA had twenty failures. A record for the most outstanding number of rejections would probably be John Creasey’s. A popular British writer, Creasey collected 743 rejections. Over the next 40 years he went on to publish 562 full-length books under 28 different pseudonyms! If John Creasey can handle 743 rejections on his way to success, you can handle at least 30 failures.
If you can hang in there long enough, you will eventually reach your goal. Don’t be in a hurry to throw in the towel. Persistence is an important factor in the pursuit of our dreams. A young man told me that he has a fantastic business idea, but nobody wants to invest in his idea. I told him to have the target of meeting 1,000 people in the next two months. I made him to understand that there is no way he can meet that number of potential investors, and one person would not give his idea a trial.
The challenge is, the moment we meet five people, we will conclude that nobody wants to invest in our idea. How can you say that in the midst of millions of people? Excuses are the cheapest commodity in the market place, both buyers and sellers are stranded in life! In fact, excuse is the closest street to the city of failures. The choice is yours! Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities! (If you’re living in and around Abuja, kindly check the handbill below. Your life is about to change drastically).
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