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Famous Failures Who Will Inspire You To Succeed

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When we think of successful people, we sometimes think that they were either incredibly lucky, or that they were at the right place at the right time, or perhaps they had an easier life than we did! While good luck, timing and a good support system can all help with achieving success, these are not always the most important factors to achieving great success.

Actually, one of the most important ingredients to achieving success is failure! Yes, some of the most successful people in history have failed big on their way to achieving massive success. I firmly believe that in many cases, it is our fear of failure that can be the major roadblock in stopping us from achieving so much more in our lives. The fear of failing is often the reason why many people do not make the serious effort to set goals in the first place and make a genuine effort to achieve them. While I do not believe that successful people go out of their way to fail, they just see failure as a stepping stone and as a learning process on their way to success.

We often prefer the feeling of comfort, familiarity and security over the possibility of not getting the results that we desire in our first attempt. We often brainwash ourselves with reasons why we will not achieve our goals before we even start. We create a comfort blanket around us to protect ourselves from what society has made us think what failure means. I believe that once we see that failure is not final or fatal, but simply a part of the learning process along the way to success.

I believe that we should almost look forward to failure and be inspired and pushed by it. Albert Einstein famously said, “failure really is just success in progress.” I am going to share with you 9 incredible stories of famous people who failed big and who used failure to inspire themselves to keep going until they achieved massive success.

1. Abraham Lincoln

  • 1832: Ran for state legislature – Lost.
  • 1832: Lost his job – Wanted to go to law school but could not get in.
  • 1833: Borrowed money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He then spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  • 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – Defeated.
  • 1840: Sought to become elected – Defeated.
  • 1843: Ran for Congress – Lost.
  • 1846: Ran for Congress again – He won.
  • 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – Lost.
  • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – Rejected.
  • 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – Lost.
  • 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – Got less than 100 votes.
  • 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – He lost again.
  • 1860: Elected as president of the United States.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”. – Abraham Lincoln

2. Jack Ma

  • Failed a key primary school test two times.
  • Failed the middle school test three times.
  • Failed the college entrance exam two times.
  • Scored less than 1% on the math portion of his college entrance exam.
  • After graduating from college, Jack Ma applied to 30 different jobs and was rejected by all of them.
  • Out of 24 KFC applicants, 23 were hired Jack Ma was not.
  • Was rejected from Harvard University 10 times.
  • As of 2019 Jack Ma is the CEO of Alibaba and has a personal fortune of $39 Billion

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine”. – Jack Ma

3. Colonel Saunders

At the age of 65, after running a restaurant for several years, Sanders found himself penniless. He retired and received his first social security check which was for $105. Not content to retire gracefully, Saunders had the idea to partner with someone to help promote his secret chicken recipe. Saunders traveled door to door to houses and restaurants all over his local area. He was met with little enthusiasm. It is said that he was turned down 1009 times before his chicken was accepted just once! The rest as they say is history. By 1964, Colonel Sanders had over 600 franchises selling his trademark chicken.

“I’ve only had two rules. Do all you can and do it the best you can”. – Colonel Saunders

4. J.K Rowling

One of the most successful authors in history is J.K. Rowling. Rowling’s fame did not come easy. Her one-year-old marriage had failed, she had a young daughter, jobless and struggling to live on welfare and was “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Passionate about writing, she began writing about wizards, spells and Hogwarts school. It took J.K Rowling seven years to write Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. When she finished, twelves major publishing houses rejected the book before it was accepted by Bloomsbury publishing. A decade later, the Harry Potter book series became the best-selling book series of all-time, selling over 500 million copies worldwide! J.K Rowling became the world’s first billionaire author. One of her biggest achievements was that she re-introduced the magic of reading to children all over the world.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K Rowling

5. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey grew up in sheer poverty in rural Mississippi. Born to a single-mother living on welfare, she was physically, mentally and sexually abused during her childhood. She ran away at 13 old, got pregnant at 14. Oprah lost the baby shortly after birth. She was fired from her first job on television. Oprah later went on to host her own talk show: The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie The Color Purple. Oprah Winfrey has become one of the richest and most influential American women.

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

6. Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is one of the most famous inventors in history. He held over 1,000 patents in his name. However, while attempting to invent a commercially-viable electric lightbulb, he failed over 10,000 times before succeeding. Thomas Edison will always be remembered as someone who never let failure stop him from achieving his goals. Thomas Edison’s inventions also included the telegraph, the universal stock ticker, the phonograph, alkaline storage batteries and the Kinetograph (a camera for motion pictures).

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –Thomas Edison

7. Albert Einstein

As a young boy Albert Einstein was unable to speak until he was almost 4 years old and not fluently until he was about 9. He was expelled from school for his rebellious behavior and was later rejected from the Zurich Polytechnic school. Today, Albert Einstein’ name is synonymous with the the title of ‘genius.’ He developed the Theory of Relativity and his work won him the Noble prize. To this day he is considered as one of the worlds greatest pioneers of physics.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

8. Walt Disney

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” At age 22, Walt Disney experienced bankruptcy after the failure of a cartoon series in Kansas City. Walt tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927, and was told that the idea would never work. The film Pinocchio lost a million dollars in it’s first release. These set backs did not stop Walt Disney to go on to introduce the most famous mouse to the world and win more Oscar awards (22) than anyone else in history.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

9. Michael Jordon

At the age of 15 while a sophomore in high school, Jordan was passed up for the varsity basketball team. He cried after he saw that list without his name on it. But instead of giving up, Michael Jordon’s mother convinced him to push forward and not give up. Every time when he thought about stopping his training, he would picture that list without his name on it. At the age of 21 Michael Jordon entered the NBA as a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls, where he would go on to win six championship titles and become one of the greatest players the game as ever seen.

”I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

I hope that these amazing success stories will inspire you to never give up on your goals, and to expect some failures along the way to achieving your dreams. Change your mindset to see failure as a part of your journey and not roadblocks. Welcome it, be pushed by it and let failure inspire you to carry on to achieve everything that you want in life. Remember this, when you fail, you are in good company.

 

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How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

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When you are trying to improve your overall well-being, it is just as important to focus on your mental fitness as well as your physical fitness. Most people have heard of aerobics. Aerobic exercise is a great way to boost your heart rate and burn a few extra calories while improving your heart health. But, have you ever heard of Neurobics? Neurobics is the science behind brain exercise.

Yes, you can exercise your mind and keep it just as fit as your body. But, it is not like your brain is going to do any jumping jacks or jogging any time soon, right? So, what can you do to keep it fit, and how does exercising your brain actually improve your memory?

Let’s dive a little deeper into how Neurobics actually works, and a few exercises you can try to boost your memory and overall brain health.

What Is Neurobics?

When you break Neurobics down, it stands for neurons + aerobics. Neurobic exercises increase the level of oxygen in your brain and “breathe life” into the neurons.

When those neurons are stronger and more stimulated, it improves your brain health – especially your memory. A good way to visualize how Neurobics actually helps is by picturing a piece of glass being blown into a decorative item. The glass maker has to stretch the piece when it is warm and malleable. But, once it is stretched out, it doesn’t spring back to where was before. It stays permanently in place.

Neurobics work the same way. By taking part in an activity or experience that taxes your brain, you are “stretching” the neurons. Once they are stretched, they don’t return to the shape that they were in before. 

That is the point of Neurobics – to challenge your mind in different ways so that it gets stronger. If you are working out your body, doing the exact same exercise the same way each day, it would eventually cause your results to plateau. You have to switch things up to “confuse” your muscles and get them stronger. Working out your brain is just the same. With that in mind, let’s cover a few easy Neurobics exercises that you can start doing right away.

Change Your Habits

One of the easiest (and yet, most challenging) ways to get started with Neurobics is to step out of your daily comfort zone. Some habits can already be detrimental to your memory, and cutting them out of your life will make a difference.

When you stop old habits, you are actually using Neurobics to challenge your brain into different thinking patterns. Some ideas to consider include:

  • Giving up (or at least cutting down) on television
  • Quitting smoking/drinking alcohol
  • Changing your eating habits
  • Exercising more

When you stop doing some of the things that you have grown comfortable with, you require your brain to stretch, adapt and change. As a result, you will start thinking clearer, become more focused, and remember more things.

 

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Do Something Different 

Some Neurobic exercises are things that you can do in just a few minutes each day – the equivalent of doing 50 jumping jacks in a five-minute work break. Things like solving a crossword puzzle, writing in a journal or giving yourself a High Five in a mirror can all fire up the neurons in your brain. Even yoga and/or meditation can force you to push away the “cluttered” thoughts that are in your head and require you to focus on one particular thing.

 

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Neurobic Experiences 

The places you go and the experiences that you jump into can be considered as Neurobic activities. Anything that challenges your mind and causes you to think differently about something is a great way to stretch your brain.

These could include going to a museum, a zoo, a musical performance, or even different cultural festivals. Allowing yourself to be open to new ideas and experiences is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and improve your memory.

 

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Long-Lasting Benefits 

Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”

While one of the biggest benefits of Neurobics is improved memory, it is certainly not the only “perk” to this type of mental exercising. Neurobics can also help you to face your fears, live without regrets, and experience a fuller, more meaningful life.

They can give you the courage to take more chances and experience the rewards. They can turn you into a better leader. Most importantly, Neurobics can inspire you by changing the way you see the world around you.

If you are already passionate about your physical health, it could be time to start thinking about your mental fitness, too! Whether you want to improve your memory as you get older or just want to keep your mind as sharp as possible now, trying Neurobics is a great way to “stay in great mental shape”.

Use some of the exercises listed here to get started. You might be surprised by just how quickly your focus and memory will start to improve.

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8 Great Ways To Reward Your Employees

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Employee engagement is more than a current trend – it is something that more businesses across the globe are starting to value for plenty of good reasons. When employees feel happy and appreciated, they are more likely to be productive and loyal to your company.

While basic benefits packages are still important, it is now more important than ever to go above and beyond for the people working for you. Not only can great rewards help you to hire the best talent, but they will also make your business environment a positive one where people will actually enjoy coming to work and do their best.

The great part about rewarding your employees is that you can let your creativity shine. Think about practical, functional rewards that your employees will actually use and appreciate. Then, don’t be afraid to have some fun with your ideas.

Feeling stuck? Not sure where to get started? Let’s cover some great ways to reward your employees.

1. Make Your Gratitude Public 

Sometimes, the simplest gestures can make the biggest difference. If you really want your employees to feel good, make sure everyone knows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.

So, thank them publicly. The next time you have a company meeting or public event, carve out some time to thank people individually. Giving them a few moments of attention in a public setting is a great way to show them how much that you appreciate them. After all, who doesn’t like to be complimented?

 

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2. Give Time Off 

A reward doesn’t have to be something tangible to be valuable. If your employees have been working hard, reward them with some extra time off. It could be a long weekend, a surprise vacation, or even just an afternoon off on a random Tuesday.

If you do decide to reward them with some free time, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate the work that they have been doing. That appreciation, along with getting a break from work, can help them to feel more motivated and productive when they return.

3. The Little Things Count 

You don’t need to go overboard with flashy, expensive rewards. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Plus, you will be able to give them more frequently.

Hand out things like gift cards to local coffee shops or movie theaters, or give them something practical like a travel mug or ergonomic desk chair. Small gestures can really mean a lot and your employees will remember and appreciate the gesture.

 

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4. Build Community Through Food 

Everyone has to eat, but not everyone likes spending money on their lunch or bringing a regular sandwich from home.

One of the easiest ways to reward your employees is to have lunch catered in as often as possible. Not only does it show them how much you appreciate their work, but when everyone eats lunch together, it will build a more positive work environment. Your business benefits all around.

You can take things one step further by making your catered lunches a scheduled event, whether you do it once a week, once a month, etc. It gives people something to look forward to and serves as a constant reminder of your appreciation.

5. Subscription Services 

Subscription services have become more popular than ever in recent years. They really grew during the pandemic, when most people started spending more time at home.

Consider signing your employees up for a subscription service you think they would enjoy. Perhaps give them a list of magazines that they can choose from and give them a years subscription for a job well done.

6. Schedule Company-wide Activities 

Host company parties, picnics, and other fun events as often as possible. Everyone deserves to have fun after working hard, and it is another great opportunity for your employees to get closer, a build a better bond. Company activities can also help to prevent burnout in the workplace.

Make sure to include certain events that can include employees’ family members so everyone can join in the fun and your workers don’t have to be away from their loved ones. Family picnics, movie nights, bowling tournaments, or even a catered dinner are all great ways to make sure everyone is involved.

 

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7. Extra Responsibility 

While more responsibilities might not seem like a “reward” at first, it is how you present it to an employee that makes a difference.

When you sit down to talk to an employee about increasing their responsibilities, make sure they know why. Talk about how much you trust them and their ability to make decisions on their own. Let them know their value as a part of the company, and you take their career goals as seriously as they do.

8. Give Them A High Five

Giving someone a high five should not be confined just to sports. You have probably seen the viral videos of a teacher giving their students a high five as they enter the classroom. You can feel the positivity, genuine excitement and the wonderful energy from these videos. Research has shown that the biggest difference in whether or not someone will enjoy their job and be more productive, is not the amount of vacation time or their salary package. It is when someone has a manager who cares, appreciates and trusts them and makes them feel that they matter. The next time someone hits a target, makes a sale or gives great customer service why not give them a well deserved high five and see how it makes them feel.

 

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While your employees might not regularly expect rewards, that is half the fun of giving them. Boosting morale, no matter how big or small your business might be, will make a big difference in how productive your workers are. It will shape the environment of your entire company, and the best part? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to reward people for a job well done. Get creative, get personal, and find unique ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them.

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Are You Working For A Tyrant Boss? (And what you can do about it)

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Multiple studies have indicated that a large percentage of people are unhappy with their jobs. Research carried out by Microsoft in 2021, showed that 41% of the workforce are considering leaving their employer. Sometimes, this dissatisfaction comes from working long hours. Other times, it is about not making enough money.

On occasion, however, the source of unhappiness is the person that you work for. Working for a tyrant boss is draining and stressful. It can have a negative impact on nearly every area of your life, because the stress that it causes makes it hard to “let go” of your workday even when you are at home.

So, how do you know if you are working for a tyrant boss? And if you are, what can you do about it?

A Boss That Is Never Wrong

You have heard of the phrase “the customer is always right,” but do you work for someone who never seems to think that you are ever right?

A tyrant in the workplace is often a dictator. This means that they don’t listen to anyone else’s opinion or ideas, and if they do, they are instantly shut down. A tyrant boss can “never be wrong,” and they have the final authority on everything.

Unfortunately, they are often the ones who will suffer in the end. No one is perfect, no matter how much your boss thinks that they are. If they do not take other people’s input into consideration, they are going to burn out and end up making poor choices, which will impact the business in the long run.

Help people reach their full potential, catch them doing something right. Ken Blanchard

They Expect Carbon Copies Of Themselves

Does your boss seem to gravitate toward employees who are just like them?

Narcissistic people tend to be kinder to those who have the same characteristics. The problem with that? It takes a diverse group of people with different skill sets to make a great team.

If your boss favors people just like them and expects everyone to conform to certain unreasonable expectations, you should see this as a huge red flag.

Additionally, pay attention to how your boss’ personality changes around certain people. If they tend to play favorites, it might be another sign that they are running a tyrannical operation. Everyone in a business should be treated equally. Favoritism doesn’t belong in a professional setting.

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success. Henry Ford

They Don’t Respect Your Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance has become an important topic of conversation over the last year. With more people working remotely, it has been harder for some to strike a healthy balance between their work life and their home life.

While, in many cases, you can find ways to manage this balance, some bosses simply won’t allow it.

For example, does your boss frequently call you on your day off? Do they email you or message you after working hours, or first thing in the morning?

If your boss cannot respect that you have a life and that you deserve some free time, they are running their business like a dictatorship. Good employers know how important it is for their employees to have free time, whether it is for self-care or socialization. When a worker constantly feels like they are “on the clock,” they are more likely to get burnt out quickly, and their performance will suffer.

They Are Master Micro-Managers

Does your boss lurk over you more often than not? Do you find it hard to get anything done in a day because they are micromanaging everything that you do?

Micro-managers want a play-by-play of everything that you are doing throughout the day. They will try to take charge of your projects and overlook everything so you can’t be as productive as you could be.

You can work to diffuse a micro-managing boss by giving them more information than they ask for. Beat them at their own game by giving them detailed information about what you are working on. If they feel like they are not able to be “on top” of you anymore, they will likely give up and let you work in peace.

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people. Steve Jobs

They Want All Of The Credit

Typically, when a business sees any kind of success, it is a good sign of a strong, dynamic team. One person cannot hold up an entire company on their own.

But, if your boss tends to take the credit for everything and loves being in the spotlight, it can often feel like your efforts are unnoticed and unappreciated. There are children’s books about people doing all the work and someone else taking all of the credit. Some adults just never seem to learn the “moral of the story”.

What Can You Do About It?

So, what can you do if you are working for a tyrant boss? Aside from resigning, which is sometimes the only option, there are a few ways that you can manage things on a daily basis.

First, try not to let your boss’ behavior affect you. Yes, they can be frustrating. They will get to you, at times. It is important for you to take the high road and be the bigger person. No matter where you work, everything that you do is a reflection of who you are – your personal brand. Don’t give in to your frustrations, and don’t fuel your boss’ attitude by snapping back at them. If you do, chances are, their behaviors will become even more exaggerated.

Your overall well-being should be your top priority. If you don’t see any signs of a changing environment, you don’t need to stay in a toxic workplace. Understand some of these signs, and trust your gut when it comes to how you should respond. Many of us have had bad experiences with tyrant bosses in the past, I know I have. In my experience, tyrant bosses very rarely change. They have either moved on or I have.

Life is too short to be stressed out by your boss. Thankfully there are plenty of great bosses out there too who will respect and value you and they are a real joy to work with.

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