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Famous Failures Who Will Inspire You To Succeed



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.



6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough



6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“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

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions



50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions


1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self



30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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