One thing is sure in life, we will all fail at something. It is inevitable that somewhere and somehow it is going to happen. When it does, it's probably going to make you feel all sorts of ways, it stinks, hurts, makes you depressed, or feel inadequate, and worst of all it may make you want to quit or give up. When that failure hits us we arrive at a crossroads in our lives. We can listen to those creeping thoughts and feelings, let them overwhelm us, and quit. Or, and this might sound crazy so just hear me out, you can persevere.
One of the biggest tragedies you can witness is seeing someone getting punched in the mouth by life and then just giving up. Too many people just don't recognize that they are brilliant or talented in something and throw it all away because they don't realize failure is a part of life. They think this isn't supposed to happen or they look at peers and see that someone else didn't fail at this so I don't belong here. There are so many sayings that we have all heard about persevering through failure but we never think of when it counts most.
“It always seems impossible until it is done” — Nelson Mandela
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts” — Winston Churchhill
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn” — Helen Keller
“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying” — John C. Maxwell
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison.
Now I left that last quote I left for last because there is also a famous story with Thomas Edison that goes with this as well. When he was a kid his teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything”, and when he was old enough to get a job he was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive”. Then there is the time when a reporter talked to Edison about the fact he failed over one-thousand times while trying to make the light bulb. The reporter asked, “How does it feel to fail one-thousand times?” to which Edison replied, “I didn't fail one-thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with one thousand steps.”. This is the attitude we must have and instill in our lives to succeed.
So if there is anything I want you to take away from this is to develop a short memory. When failure comes learn from it, then forget it. Keep rolling with the punches and push through because failure is inevitable, we need to rise to the new challenge of that failure and never be afraid of it. Never stop pushing through the failures and I promise you if you give 100% you WILL persevere and succeed!