The Rewards of Risk

I want to start this blog of with a question….what does success look like? I want to take some time today to scope out a profile of what success looks like. I’m prompted to do this because sometimes Hollywood and other social influences can paint a false picture of success, which will in turn cause you to grow weary of your process and cause you to become ungrateful of your unique path. Let’s look at the lives of these very well know individuals.

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.”

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.

So you see that each of these famous individuals failed more than they succeeded – so I ask again….What does success look like? It looks like failure that wouldn’t give up. So do you fit the profile of a successful person? YOU CERTAINLY DO!!!

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