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Famous Failures Who Will Inspire You To Succeed

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Famous Failures Who Will Inspire You To Succeed

 

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 To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

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How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

We live in a world where other people’s triumphs, successes, and even their vanity are constantly in our faces. Digital influencers and social media make it seem easy to look perfect and feel amazing all of the time. Even your friends and family members might appear to having more success, happiness and fun.

If you stop to think about it, you can probably list off a handful of people you have compared yourself to in the past last week. Maybe a co-worker got a promotion at work, or maybe your friend has just flown off on vacation. Maybe someone you have not seen in years posted a photo online that made you envious of their lifestyle. When you start comparing yourself to others, it is easy to lose your sense of self-esteem and self-worth. If you let your guard down, you can fall into the trap of chasing after other people’s lives and not appreciating who you are and what you have achieved.

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. How true those words remain today – perhaps even more so!

How can you stop the endless scrolling, or looking at the lives of people you know and feeling like you’re somehow less important?

Let’s look at a few tips and techniques that can help you to stop comparing yourself to others.

Know Your Triggers

Maybe a co-worker getting a promotion doesn’t affect you, but a friend getting married does. You might be single or recently divorced. Or, maybe you have been in a relationship for a while but your partner doesn’t want to get married. As a result, you start comparing yourself and the things you want to what someone else has. The things that cause you to compare are your “triggers”. Sometimes, you might not care whether someone has more than you, but other times it can really sting and make you feel low.

Understanding your triggers and accepting them will make it easier to stop making those comparisons. First, you can avoid triggers as much as possible until they do not impact you as much. Maybe cut down on your social media usage. Do you pick up your phone out of habit and constantly refresh your Instagram feed? Perhaps get into the habit of keeping your phone out of reach and taking a social media fast from time to time. As you work on that, try to think about why comparing yourself in those specific situations is a waste of time. Once you convince yourself that it is “no big deal,” you are less likely to be triggered.

Remind Yourself That It May Not Be Real

Because of the social media-saturated world that we live in, it is easy for everyone to make their lives seem better than they are. No one is going to post a photo that doesn’t paint them in a positive light. Even in the real world, everything is not always what it seems. Your friend getting married? Maybe they are struggling with something else, like a health condition or money troubles. That co-worker that seems to get all the credit? Maybe they are going through relationship issues at home.

Most of the time, you will only see what people want you to see. You never really know what is going on beneath the surface and behind closed doors. So, when you start comparing yourself to someone else, pause for a moment and remind yourself that no one’s life is perfect. You don’t know what other people are going through, and you may actually be doing better than they are in other areas of life.

Practice Gratitude

When you compare yourself to others, you lose sight of everything you have and everything you can do. Practicing gratitude each day is a great way to stop making comparisons. Think of at least five things you are grateful for every morning to start your day on a positive note.

Alternatively, carry a small notebook around with you and write down something that you are thankful for every time you think of it throughout the day. The best part about this method is being able to look back on your gratitude moments, especially if you are feeling down. It serves as a wonderful reminder of the wonderful things in your life.

Use it as a Motivational Tool

Sometimes, comparison can be a healthy thing. If the thing that you “want” is something that you can work towards, you can let your comparison motivate you to get it. For example, if someone in your life is incredibly kind and charitable, why let their generosity make you feel less important? You do not have to be extremely wealthy to give back. Try volunteering, or donate what you can. If someone at work seems to be getting all the glory, use that as a motivational tool to work harder and get your achievements noticed too.

When you start to work toward the things that make you admire others, it becomes less about comparison and more about who you really want to be. When done “correctly,” comparison can actually push you to be the best possible version of yourself.

So, don’t waste anymore time scrolling through social media and wishing for a different life. Don’t feel sorry for yourself because you think you will never have as much. When you use comparison in a negative way, it will make you feel negative and envious. Instead of comparing yourself to others, let certain people inspire you to do more, be more and achieve more.

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5 Ways To Know Your Self Worth

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5 Ways To Know Your Self Worth

Focusing on your sense of “self” is very important in so many different ways. When you think about it, you are probably surrounded by the word “self” each day more than you realize. From self-care, self-esteem and self-belief to self-confidence, self-respect and self-worth, people are constantly trying to find ways to better themselves in different areas of their lives.

If you ask most people if they know their self-worth, they will probably be quick to say yes. But, if you took that question further and asked them how they know it, you will likely be met with some hesitation. The reality is, most people think they know about self-worth, but do not fully understand what it is or how it differs from other areas of “self”.

So, how can you truly know your self-worth? What can you do to increase it? What are your strengths, gifts and abilities? Let’s take a look at a few ways to have a better understanding of what really is your self-worth.

1. Don’t Judge Your Own Emotions

You can boost your sense of self-worth by accepting your thoughts and feelings. You might not always like them, and you might find yourself at odds with them from time to time. But, whatever thoughts and emotions come into your head, let them in. Then, you can work through them effectively. Emotions demand to be felt. It is how you respond to them that matters. Don’t ignore them and limit your true value. Embrace the wonderful unique person who you are.

 

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.Robert Tew

 

2. Question Your “Shoulds”

When you think about the things you “should” do, it might leave you feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed. For example, if you say to yourself, “I should go for a run this evening,” and then you don’t end up doing it, how do you think you will feel? Chances are, you will struggle with some level of guilt. This can snowball into not feeling good about yourself and questioning how much that you value yourself and your self-worth.

Instead, fill your life with things that you “will” do. The word “will” implies that it is more of a promise and a commitment, rather than a burden. Saying “I will run a mile this evening” is much more motivating and allows you to prove exactly who you are and what you can do.

 

Anything is possible when you have a path, a plan, and a desire to take action. Dean Graziosi

 

3. Don’t Worry About the Acceptance of Others

It seems all too natural to worry about what other people think of us. Social media can make things even worse. If you find yourself constantly “looking for likes” or some kind of validation from friends, family, or even strangers, you are looking at your self-worth in the wrong place by looking through someone else’s lens and standards.

It can be hard to give up this habit. Everyone wants to be accepted. But, you won’t find what you are worth in the opinions of others. You have the power to see yourself for how great you really are. When you are able to internalize this power and recognize your true value and self-worth, you won’t put so much emphasis on what others think of you. You will get to know who you are, what you are really worth, and you can be confident in that.

4. Let Yourself Off The Hook

Many times, people cannot see their true self-worth because they are holding on to past guilt. Almost everyone has regrets. Whether you did something when you were young that you should not have, or perhaps you wronged someone in some way, the past is the past.

You need to learn to forgive yourself and let yourself off the hook. By holding onto that guilt, you will never be able to see what you are really worth. It will feel like a ball and chain holding you back. But, you have the key to break free, if you just give yourself the chance. If you would be willing to show someone else forgiveness and acceptance for their wrongdoings, you owe it to yourself to do the same. Give yourself a break.

5. Look at Your Gifts

If you are still having a hard time understanding your self-worth, take a look at your natural skills. Everyone has certain gifts in life. Your talents are going to be different from someone else’s – that’s what makes the world work!

Think about a few things that you are really good at. Or, something that you really enjoy doing. Go even further by creating a list of your talents and skills. They don’t need to be huge. In fact, writing a list of several “little things” can make you see just how important and valuable that you are. Take a look at that list whenever you are feeling down or devalued, and practice those talents and skills as often as possible.

By keeping these skills and talents of yours in mind, you can start to celebrate your self-worth. When you have a better understanding of your real value, you are more likely to prioritize other things like self-care, self-esteem and self belief. Each of which are different, but they are all connected in some way. But, it starts with knowing your self-worth. And, chances are, it is much more than you might think.

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

There is nothing quite like a strong friendship. Having someone that you can truly count on for anything and everything can completely change the way you think and feel. Unfortunately, far too often in today’s society, we seem to focus more on how many friends we have.

Or, worse, how many acquaintances we can keep in touch with via social media. But, having a true, strong friendship is something that cannot be replaced or replicated with lukewarm substitutes.

Are you already thinking about someone in your life who fits that description? Or, are you wondering if you truly have a strong friendship with one (or more) of the people who are closest to you?

While every friendly relationship is different and unique, there are some common factors associated with a strong bond and true friendship. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can feel even more confident in your close friendships, and grow even deeper with the people in your life who truly matter.

1. Communication is Always a Priority

It is easy to talk to your friends when everything in your life is on track. Sharing laughs, light conversation, and exchanging stories are all important parts of a healthy friendship.

But, a strong friendship goes deeper. It allows you to communicate with that person, no matter what.  That includes telling them about your struggles or anything you might be going through. It also includes communicating effectively when you are not getting along.

Through proper communication, especially when things are hard, you will build trust within that relationship. Going through difficult things together will make you stronger individuals, and stronger friends.

2. You Know You Are Equals

Almost everyone has known at least one person in their lives who seems to think they’re “better” than everyone else.

Strong friendships need to be based on equality. You and your friend should always be on the same playing field when it comes to who you are and how you are living your life. If you embrace your differences and do not see one as superior, you can take comfort in knowing your friendship is sincere.

3. Respect

Even the best of friends clash from time to time. You might have similar personalities, but no two people are exactly alike.

But, if you can still show your friend respect (and receive it from them) even in times of turmoil, your friendship will be stronger than any disagreement you might have. When someone chooses to respect you even when they are upset with you, it shows that they value your relationship more than their pride.

4. You Can Be Yourself

Do you ever feel like you have to put on a show for other people? Or, are you afraid to let your true personality shine through when you are in certain crowds?

A strong friendship is one that allows you to be yourself. If there is someone in your life who truly likes you for who you are, hold onto that friendship tightly! Most people spend far too much time pretending, whether it’s online or in-person. Someone who loves your quirks and uniqueness is someone who loves you, as a person.

Honesty is also a huge part of being yourself, and a huge part of a strong friendship. Friendships should be based on trust, and that starts with being honest. Telling the truth about how you feel and what you think is important. If your friend actively listens, appreciates, and comments on that truth, you can take comfort in knowing how secure your relationship is.

5. You Experience Joy

While a true friend should be there for you during hard times, the bulk of your relationship should be joyful and fun! Again, think about that person in your life who makes you smile. Is there someone who you are always happy to be around? Does thinking about your friendship cause your heart to race?

Strong friendships should absolutely be joyful. You should find yourself laughing a lot, and being completely at ease with one another. That person may be the first one you think of when you want to experience something new or go somewhere different, just because you know that you will have more fun with them around.

6. You Respect Boundaries

No matter how great your friendship is, no two people can be together 24/7. A great friend will understand that and respect your boundaries. Alternatively, they might be going through something that they are not ready to talk about. If you can respect those boundaries, it shows them how much faith you have in your friendship.

Many people are too quick to think the term “boundaries” as being negative. But, boundaries are completely healthy and necessary in a strong relationship of any kind. Having someone in your life who respects those boundaries understands what it takes to build upon that strength. 

Having a strong friendship – even just one – can add so much to your life. Take a look at your current friendships. Is there one that stands out to you with these characteristics? If so, do what you can to continue to build and grow that strength, and make sure that friend knows how important they are to you on a regular basis.

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