Success: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Failure: Lack of success.
If you are feeling that you just can't catch a break these days and failure and rejection are becoming common place in your work life, then here are a few words of encouragement that will renew your faith in achieving your goals.
When someone is wildly successful it is easy to believe that they have always been that way and that failure and disappointment are as foreign to them as flying coach, but when you look into the stories of the rich and famous every single person will have experienced failure at some point in their lives, and some more than once. I suppose success can be partially measured by a person’s ability to overcome disappointment and get back on the proverbial horse, and when rejection is followed by adaptation rather than withdrawal, the chance for success is greatly improved.
Here are some people who refused to accept failure, you may have heard of them.
Walt Disney….. Yep, poor Walt was fired from his job as a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas. I am betting that the fellow who fired the famous animator, ultimately felt like a bit of a Dumbo!
Vincent Van Gogh is now a name recognizable throughout the world but while he was alive he was barely able to afford food and only sold one painting in his lifetime and that was to a friend. Although he never had the oppotunity to enjoy his success there is no doubt that he left a legacy that few can equel.
A more recent success from failure story is that of Sir James Dyson, the vacuum cleaner guy. It took 15 years, 5,126 failed prototypes and all of his life savings before Dyson revolutionized the way the world picks up dust. The man whose savings were dwindling rapidly before the invention, is now a multi billionaire.
Automobile pioneer Henry Ford could have been a farmer for the rest of his life if tragedy had not intervened. Fords mother loved the farm he grew up on but when she passed away at a young age he decided he would pursue a career more suited to his mechanical inclinations. The road (if you'll excuse the punn) to becoming one of Americas greatest entrepreneurs was not without obstacles though, his attempts to create a company failed three times. The first company went out of business, the second he withdrew from because of a disagreement and the third simply did not achieve enough sales. The Fourth attempt was luckier when Ford developed the first ever automobile production line.
As Winston Churchill put it Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” and he should know because he was defeated in every public office role he ran for before becoming prime minister.