Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! It is guaranteed that you will fail on your way to the top, but what determines whether you will get to the top is how you handle the failure. Unfortunately, many people see temporary failure as the work of the enemy. No wonder prophecy is selling very fast in our clime. Failure is your friend, not your enemy. That you failed doesn’t make you a failure, it is staying down that makes you a failure.
“When Dr. Ignatius Piazza was a young chiropractor fresh out of school, he decided he wanted to set up office in the Monterey Bay Area of California. When he approached the local chiropractic association for assistance they advised him to set up shop somewhere else. They told him he wouldn’t be successful because there were already too many chiropractors in the area.
Undaunted, he decided to take the bull by the horn. For months, he went from door to door early in the morning until sunset, knocking on doors. After introducing himself as the new young doctor in town, he would asked a few questions: “Where should I locate my office?” “What newspapers should I advertise in to reach your neighbors?” “Should I open early in the morning or stay open into the evening for those who have nine-to-five jobs?” “Should I call my clinic Chiropractic West or Ignatius Piazza Chiropractic?”
And finally he asked, “When I hold my open house, would you like to receive an invitation?” If people said yes, he wrote down their names and addresses and continued day after day, month after month. By the time he was done, he had knocked on over 12,500 doors and talked to over 6,500 people. He got a lot of nos. He got a lot of nobody-homes. He even got trapped on one porch-cornered by a pit bull for a whole afternoon.
But he also received enough yeses that during his first month in practice he saw 233 patients and earned a record income of $72,000- in an area that “didn’t need another chiropractor!”~Jack Carnfield. How many of us can take this kind of risk without going to a seer to know why we are not succeeding? Success is not too difficult to attain, but you have to be ready to pay the required.
Everyone who has ever made it to the top has had to endure rejection and what looked like failure. When Alexander Graham Bell offered the rights to the telephone for $100,000 to Carl Orton, president of Western Union, Orton replied, “What use would this company make of an electric toy?” Am sure you know about telephone today.
Novelist Stephen King almost made a multimillion-dollar mistake when he threw the Carrie manuscript in the garbage because he was tired of the rejections. “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias,” he was told. “They don’t sell.” Luckily, his wife fished it out of the garbage. Eventually, Carrie was printed by another publisher, sold more than four million copies, and was made into a blockbuster film.
In 1998, Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page approached Yahoo! and suggested a merger. Yahoo! could have snapped up the company for a handful of stock, but instead they suggested that the young Googlers keep working on their little school project and come back when they had grown up. Within five years, Google had an estimated market capitalization of $20 billion. As at today, the market capitalization of Google stands at $611.13 billion!
If people do not mock your idea, it means the idea is not worth it. If you have never experienced setbacks and failures, it means you’re not trying enough. The size of your challenges determines the size of your exploits and results. A young man told me that he wanted to become a news maker, I said, well, may your road be rough, and he was confused. Rough roads will always lead to the top! Wisdom is profitable to direct.
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