Do you like omelettes? I love them, although I rarely indulge in one. You’ve probably heard the old proverb that you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette. It occurred to me recently that “failures are to success” as “eggs are to an omelette.” You need to fail in order to succeed. I’ve never even heard of a “successful person” that did not experience failures along the way. Do you believe this? If you do, you can see why those who desire to succeed must be willing to fail, actually eager to fail.
Of course, I don’t advocate trying to fail for failure’s sake. Think about it this way. How do you really know what your limits are unless you’ve failed? When I was an engineering student, we were taught to test the strength of a piece of metal by loading it until it failed. I have learned this truth many times, and witnessed others learn it too. In life, you should go for it as hard as you can until you fail. Do this, and you will have identified your present limitations.
Look at the life of Abraham Lincoln as an example. He failed countless times; in business, in politics and in his personal life. Reading a list of his life’s milestones looks like a tragedy … right up to the entry “Elected President of the United States.” Huh? Lincoln was arguably the best President ever, yet failed throughout his life. I’m pretty sure that he never met Zig Ziglar, but he certaily lived by Zig’s credo:
“Failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar
Imagine what the country would have lost, or never gained, if Abraham Lincoln had not embraced his failures and persevered. This is true for you as well. When life knocks you down, get back up! Knocked down again? Get back up again. Learn the lesson and get back in the game. This, my friends, is the true recipe for success.
All the best,
By the way, I don’t charge extra for typos. They are my gift to you.