Posts Tagged ‘failure’

July 31 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Robert Schuller

Some of the best entertainment to be had can be found while watching a group of 1st and 2nd graders during basketball practice. That basket is waaaaay up there. Do they care? No!! They believe in themselves.  They can throw that ball at the basket 10 or 15 times before they actually hit it. They may pout a few times in the process but they don’t quit.

Then suddenly, inexplicably, the ball actually hits the basket.

 

Smiles and cheers erupt! They were successful. They knew they would be. They have learned what somehow we adults have forgotten. Just because you failed once or twice doesn’t make you a failure. It just means you’re success is delayed a bit. Keep trying.

June 8 Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Heraclitus

 

So you screwed up again today. You weren’t the kindest, most loving person on the block. You lost your temper. You didn’t complete all the tasks assigned you. You just didn’t live up to your expectations for yourself. ‘Good character is not formed in a week or a month.’ Keep working at it. Everyone misses the mark on occasion. Some of us miss the mark every day (maybe even twice a day). Don’t get discouraged. You can and will be who you want to be. It just takes time and effort.

 

May 27 Quote of the Day`

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

Competitions can’t be won by everyone.  Those who do win are the ones who lost and learned why they lost so that the next time they would win.

It works with us in individual endeavors as well.  Learning to ride a bike can be painful. But each time you come back for another try, you typically use what you have learned the previous ride to keep from falling.  If, instead of coming back and trying again, you say ‘I’ll never get this right so I’m just going to quit’, then you  never  will learn to ride that bike.  Pay attention to how you think when working toward a goal.  Know that, each time you fail, you gain a little expertise.  The old ‘practice makes perfect’ applies here.   You can and will finally succeed if you keep getting up and trying again.

 

April 28 Quote of the Day

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every day is a challenge but we don’t always succeed at the challenges handed us. What makes us exceptional employees, parents, friends or neighbors is our ability to acknowledge our lack of success and then get up and try again.

April 25 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
Walt Disney

It was a time in Walt Disney’s life – when he had reached rock bottom – that he found the key that brought him to success. Don’t give up when you reach the bottom. Look around. Think. If you’re at the bottom, there is only one way to go and that is up. You know that so take with you all the jewels of wisdom you’ve learned on your way down and use them to be a success on the way back up.

April 24 Quote of the Day

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.
Vince Lombardi

No one can win every game nor can you always succeed at everything every time you do it. But if you have faith in yourself and the discipline to keep working when the going gets tough, your failures will be few and your successes many.

March 30 Quote of the Day

Friday, March 30th, 2012

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

Families can be complicated. Success within our family relationships work the same as success in our friendships, our work places or anywhere else. Stop trying to please everyone. It can’t be done. If you’re married, you and your spouse should work together to keep one another happy. If you’re a child, bow to your parents wishes because they have always had your best interest at heart. Above all, look within yourself and be sure that you can always take pride in who you are and what you do. If you have that, you have success. In time, everything else will fall in place.

Let’s Keep on Swimming!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Take a look at the adults in this world.  Does it seem as if we have become a generation of quitters?  Granted, most of us don’t go to the extremes that have been in the news lately. There was the woman who turned in a fake death certificate to get a longer vacation and the notorious 72 day Hollywood marriage but other signs indicate that we are a nation of adults who quit with little or no provocation. I’m not saying there is never a time that we shouldn’t quit. I’m just saying that we quit too easily.

Our jobs aren’t ‘fulfilling’ enough so we quit while being very careful not to use the actual word ‘quit’. We use phrases like “upwardly mobile” or “making a lateral career move“. We just move from one job to the next, trading in one less than desirable job for another never being quite content in any of them. The same can be said for our marriages. The man we married hasn’t turned out to be the night in shining armor. On the man’s part, the woman he married isn’t the accomplished and perfect model he hoped for. So we quit. Trade that spouse in for another without ever acknowledging that there will never be a perfect person sitting across the breakfast table from us because there are no perfect people. Even parenting isn’t immune from this “I quit” attitude. The numbers of absentee parents attest to this fact.

I’m not saying I have the answer for all these issues because I don’t. I do know that there are a number of highly successful people who have had something to say about how they view this subject. Helen Keller, both deaf and blind, insisted that ‘we can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough‘. Clearly, quitting wasn’t an option for her. Continuing to try in the face of obvious handicaps only taught her that she could succeed if she just kept at it. Henry Ford didn’t believe that you should quit even if you had, at first, failed. He said “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.” Thomas Edison proved to be the king of stick-to-it-tiveness when making the light bulb. His argument was not that he had failed but that he had ‘found 10,000 ways that won’t work’. He also made a very profound statement when he said “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

I’m thinking that it’s time we started paying attention to the successful people who have come before us and start persevering when faced with obstacles. Quitting should be placed way down low on our list of options. When our marriages are hitting snags, when our children are causing us grief, when our financial issues seem to be overwhelming, when any task we’ve set ourselves seems impossible, we need to listen to those who encourage us to try harder. We need to do as Dorie, the lovable, blue fish from ‘Finding Nemo’ does. Just keep on swimming!