Reflections on Resilience

Failure is something that people tend to shy away from.  To some people, it's something they actually fear.  To others, it's a devastating blow to their self confidence and self esteem.  Whenever I fail, at anything, I remember that:
  • Tim Ferriss's book The 4-Hour Workweek was rejected by 26 publishers before it was accepted by the 27th. 
  • Lucille Ball was dismissed from drama school.
  • The Beatles were turned down by Decca Records.
  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
  • Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination.
  • Before he became president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was defeated in eight elections.
All of them are profoundly successful in different ways.  I use all their stories to remind myself that failure is a learning opportunity.  It gives me a wake up call or a life lesson to help me reevaluate myself.  It teaches me what I need to differently next time.

Failure is not something to fear, it's something to embrace.


References

Ferriss, Tim . "How a First-Time Author Got a 7-Figure Book Deal." The 4-Hour Workweek and Timothy Ferriss. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2013. http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/04/15/how-to-get-a-book-deal/.

"Famous Failures - YouTube." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6hz_s2XIAU.

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