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From Failure to Success!

10 Dec

Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. ~Napoleon Hill

It is my belief that each of us is born for greatness and that each of us deserves to have everything that we desire. But how many of us actually achieve this, our destiny? Not many I’m afraid.

In my lifetime I’ve known people who seemed to have all the attributes for success; intelligence, charisma, charm, personality, and a host of other qualities. Yet, no matter the industry or other career path they’ve chosen, they have always struggled. And I’ve known people who lacked most of what my first example possessed, yet they have risen to the top, almost effortlessly. If you managed a sales force or owned your own company you know what I mean.

Up until about a dozen years ago I was like most people, baffled why some succeeded while others of greater talent floundered. I had an inkling that it might be because of fear and the individuals inability to fight through and overpower their fears. Hey, all I had to do was look at myself, a fear based person since birth.

In studying fear I came to realize that all of us feel fear, very often the very same fears as others, but some have the ability to feel the fear, yet do what is necessary to succeed. While others allow fear to stop them in their tracks.

I came to realize that one of the greatest of all fears is the fear of failure. Most of us acquired this fear when we were quite young, probably after our egos got bruised when our classmates laughed at us for a wrong answer. As we got older this fear actually grew and we began to avoid taking risks in our lives. Risk is nothing more than giving up the known for the unknown. But the unknown almost always includes failure.

When you were just an infant you learned how to crawl, then you learned how to pull yourself up to a wobbly standing position, albeit holding on to something for support. Then you let go of that support and took your first step. Did you then race across the room doing back flips? No, you probably plopped back down to the floor. So, you crawled back to that table or chair for support and started all over again. Did you think of yourself as a failure? Of course not. This is how we all learn.

Was there a seed of success in failing and failing, and then finally learning how to walk? Of course there was; you learned to run, to jump, and to dance.  

I am now going to give you permission to fail. Yes, go ahead and take a risk. It’s OK to fail. Why do I want you to fail? Because that’s how you learn. That’s how you grow. And please remember this: Failing does not make you a failure. It just moves you one step closer to success, as long as you don’t give up.



Go Ahead – Take the First Step!

14 Feb

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ~W. Clement Stone

W. Clement Stone was the proverbial rags to riches story. At 16 years old he began selling insurance and built a business that became a billion dollar company. He was also the founder of Success magazine and hired Og Mandino to be his publisher. In 1960 he co-authored a book with Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, about Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) entitled Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.

Fear can be one of the most paralyzing emotions known to mankind. It has been said that more people could survive airplane crashes, but fear keeps them frozen in their seats where they eventually die of smoke inhalation.

The fear that I am talking about is the fear conjured up in our minds that prevent us from taking action. Actions like: walking up to a stranger and introducing ourselves. Calling a stranger on the phone. Going to a party or networking event and carrying on simple conversations. Speaking our minds at community meetings. Sharing our ideas with co-workers and supervisors. These fears are only in the mind. They have no basis in fact, yet they prevent us from living the lives we deserve and dream about.

The best time to overpower a fear is right before you take action. Whatever it is you have to do or say you’ve already spent weeks worrying about, and making yourself miserable. Once you step through that fear you’ll find a calm that you never believed was there.

Will fear return? Probably. But once you know you can survive intact overpowering your fear you’ll be a bit more courageous the next time you face a fear, and the next.

Remember, you are much more powerful than you believe you are. You can do anything.

With love,