Does Success Often Start With a Failure?
Each one of us has faced failure at some point in our lives. But did you ever think that some of the greatest successes you can think of began with a FAILURE? Well, Yes! Take a look around the world near you and you will realize what I am talking about. History has it that people who were deemed failures in the first place, surprised the world with their deeds big-time.
- Albert Einstein
As a child, he was judged to be mentally challenged and was told he would never amount to do anything because he did not speak until he was four and was unable to read till seven. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was prohibited from taking admission in Zurich Polytechnic School. But, is there a need to say more as to how he turned out? He is the man who changed the face of modern physics and won the Nobel Prize for the same. He once said, “I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success.” This single quote tells a lot about his optimism and the way he thought of failures in life.
- Chester Carlson
The Xerox Machine, now known as a copier or copy machine, famed inventor was erst while he was rejected by more than 20 companies before he found his business partner. He even tried to sell the invention to International Business Machines (IBM), the world renowned vendor of office equipment. But, even this company did not see merit in the concept evolved by the Xerox Man and turned down the offer. Finally, it was the Department of Navy that took some interest in his creation. Who’s laughing now?
- Walt Disney
Although today Disney rakes in billions from movies, merchandise, theme parks all around the world, Walt Disney had a rough start. Did you know that he was fired from the Kansas City Star newspaper because the editor thought that he lacked creativity and had no good ideas? After this failure, he tried his hand in businesses that didn’t last for long and he ended with failure and bankruptcy. But, he did not lose hope and kept plugging along till the time he attained success. Now the name Disney is known by almost every child and adult, and Disney cartoons continue having a huge success amongst both children and adults. I guess his boss was not quite the visionary..
- Thomas Edison
Teachers thought that Edison was too stupid to learn anything as a child and later his professional life was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive. As an inventor, he made 10,000 unsuccessful attempts before finally inventing the light bulb. Thomas Alva Edison is now quoted for whenever a person loses hope while striving to achieve success. One such quote that comes to my mind now is – “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” This quote resonates in the minds of all those who just flipped back before reaching the edge.
- Bob Dylan
The world acclaimed singer, song writer, artist and a writer had its own band known as the Golden Chords. The band lost to a tap dancing act in a high school talent competition. But as noble minds have said, “Behind every success story is an embarrassing first effort, a setback, a stumble or a radical change of direction.” Now, Bob Dylan has been a candidate for the Noble Prize in literature, has made 36 studio albums, 58 singles, 11 live albums, 11 albums comprising The Bootleg Series, and numerous compilation albums. His songs have become poems and inspirations for thousands of young people, and the sountrack to many of the 21st Century’s political revolutions.
All these people who started with failures now are registered as being some of the most powerful and memorable names all across the world.
You will be amazed to know that each year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation holds a Fail Fest where they celebrate the lesson learnt from bad investments and failures. So, surely failure can make a person feel insecure and lose hope, but this feeling shouldn’t prolong because failure is an important part of success. If majority of your time is spent fretting over things and past mistakes, you may lose your opportunity. Failure thus, constitutes an essential part of success. We all learn from our mistakes, but we should also learn to put them behind us, roll up our sleeves and finally get back on to work – This is how one gets success. Instead of remorse, stop thinking and start working. Success will come your way and you will definitely carve out a better future.