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PostSubject: Failure to Success Lessons   Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:40 am

When you hear the word failure  what often comes to mind? When I hear
failure I think of times when  I haven’t won at a sporting event or
haven’t finished within a deadline  or maybe when I have tried to do
something, like tying a jelly snake  into a knot in my mouth, and been
utterly embarrassed. But this isn’t  always the case. It has taken many
failures to get to where I am today,  it even took a few failures to get
this blog finally together, but so  few people see failure in that
positive light.
In fact, when asked what they  thought of failure, for the most part
people gave negative reactions.  I want to challenge that negativity.  
There is a saying that an expert  is merely someone who has failed more
than anyone else in that field.  You may think being an expert has
nothing to do with failure however  two, what I would consider, experts
in their field are renowned for  their failures.[
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Michael Jordan






Michael Jordan, considered  one of the greatest basketball players of
all time; his brief bio on  NBA.com he is described as ‘single-handedly
redefining the NBA  superstar’  and yet to get there he openly admits to
failing more than most. In  a famous ad campaign launched by ‘Nike’,
Michael is quoted as saying  he has:


  • Lost almost 300    games (that’s more games than many NBA players have court time in)
  • Missed over 9000    shots at goal (again more shots than an average NBA player even takes)
  • 26 times he was    given the ball to take the game winning shot and MISSED


Jordan goes on to say the  reason  he has succeeded boils down to his
constantly failure and used failure  as motivation to shoot for
success. In other words Jordan viewed  failures  as stepping stones
towards success; his shooting average was just below  50% so to score he
would have to take two shots, one to fail the other  to score.



Thomas Edison





Another man, considered the  greatest inventor of his time, Thomas
Edison, was responsible for over  1,000 different patents, some
refinements of previous inventions but  many completely new ideas.
Edison is famous not only for his inventions  but also his attitude on
failure. In his mind failure was simply another   stepping stone on the
road to success. Unlike Michael Jordan however,  Edison’s rate of
success was significantly below Jordan’s 50% average.  But unlike the
average person Edison continued to try and try again.  The famous story
goes, Edison failed to refine the light bulb (one of  the few creations
he merely refined but did not invent) so many times  it took him 10,000
attempts to perfect. However rather than accepting  failure 9,999 times
he is quoted as answering questions on his failures  as rather: ‘I have
not failed. I have just found 9,999 ways that do  not work’.

Using these two great men from  the modern age and the industrial
revolution respectively will you heed  their advice? Will you use your
failures not for despair but rather  as light bulbs that didn’t work or
shots available for rebound? Where  in your life will you fail your way
forward?

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