Heart, Soul and Mind

Do not be Defeated!

May 9, 2013

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” ― Maya Angelou

Henry Ford had two failed businesses before he became a pioneer in the automotive industry. Ford said, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

Michael Jordan was initially cut from his high school basketball team. Instead of giving up, he honed his skills and developed an undying passion for the game.

Steven Spielberg dreamed of becoming a filmmaker early in life, but he hit a major roadblock when film school rejected him not once, not twice, but three times. Spielberg has blazed his own trail and become one of the most successful and respected movie directors in history.

These famous people became famous as a result of their achievement. However, their success was not immediate and they failed before they achieved their dreams. This is not only a good lesson for ourselves but also something to remember when discussing dreams and goals with our children. If we are passionate about what we are doing, it is worth the effort to try, try and try again. Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.

Learning from your mistakes and following your passions can sometimes turn failure into opportunity.

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