is not the critic
who counts, not the man who points out
how the strong
man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds
could have done them better. The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in
the arena; whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs and comes short again
and again; who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions, and spends himself
in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows
in the end the triumph of high achievement;
and who, at the worst, if he fails,
at least fails while daring greatly, so
that his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls who know neither
victory nor defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
people are afraid to fail.
constantly about not meeting expectations,
making a mistake,
or trying something new. Because of this,
many never get started on the path toward
reaching their goals..
and thus assure themselves of the very
thing they are afraid
of.. failure. In order to become a successful
you will likely have to pay your
dues.' You'll likely have to fail a few
from your lessons,
and only then be able to come through
a winner. While you don't have to take
wild chances, you do have to take calculated
and educated risks.
the world of academics, mistakes
are perceived as bad and to be avoided.
For the first twenty-two years of your
life, you are taught that mistakes are
bad and embarrassing.. when in fact mistakes
are simply opportunities
to learn something new. The more mistakes
a person makes, the more they will have
learned and the greater chance they will
have of succeeding
on their next try. The key, however, is
to learn from your mistakes and never
make the same mistake twice.
Edison would have never invented
the light bulb if he did not take this
principle to heart. Edison failed more
than 10,000 times before he found the
filament that would create light for a
sustained period of time. He did not view
these as failures, however. On the 6,635th
try to find a proper filament for the
light bulb, Edison did not see himself
has having failed 6634 times. He reframed
the situation so that to him he had successfully
eliminated 6,643 possibilities, refining
and narrowing his search as he proceeded,
drawing him closer and closer to his goal.
other failures you may have heard of are
Levi Strauss and Christopher Columbus.
Strauss headed for the gold mines of California
in hopes of gold and glory. But he found
none. Instead, this failure gave him new
knowledge of a gap in the marketplace.
He began selling
pants out of canvas for the miners that
were succeeding. Today, we've all heard
of Levi Strauss jeans. Columbus failed
miserably on his goal to find a route
to India . However, in failing he ran
into a new opportunity.. that of the new
world. By taking action
and learning from your mistakes and failures,
you'll gain new knowledge
and become aware of many new opportunities.
When you come to the edge of what you
know, it's time to make some mistakes.
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