Welcome back to another post right here at ‘Whispers Of the World’!
Whether you’re still in high school, university or graduated 10 years ago, all of you can safely say that you have faced a lot of disappointments. You, we, have failed many times; been knocked down by life too many times, that sometimes we don’t want to get back up because laying down is just more comfortable.
Unfortunately, these failures and disappointments are a part of life, and it’s how we learn.
High school definitely taught me a lot about this, especially during VCE. Every time I thought I did really well on a test or exam, I’d end up not doing as well as I thought, and that would bring my motivation down so low. I’d instantly start thinking about the worst situations, like: “Oh my God, that’s it, I’m failing this subject, I’m not going to pass, I’ve let everyone down! I’m horrible at this!”…And so on.
I was a real stress head in high school! But after I graduated from school, and had the whole summer to reflect on myself, I learnt that there is no use stressing over something that’s already happened. Okay, so what I didn’t do so well on that test, or I didn’t get accepted into that program that I really wanted to do, or my application got rejected from that job I was looking forward to; the main thing was that I didn’t give up, or stop trying. No matter how many times I was knocked down, I was so determined to prove others and myself wrong; I’d say to myself “I’m going to show those that didn’t think that I could do it”.
I think the main mistake that we all do, is we constantly keep remembering our failures, and keep mourning about our failures, instead of thinking of the future and new ways to improve or having a new mindset. This applies to everything and absolutely anything! Even going to the gym, or being on a new diet; we as humans surrounded by fast service constantly, expect to see results immediately, and if we don’t get the results fast, we suddenly beat ourselves up about it, and just give up. We forget that good things take time and that success doesn’t happen over night.
Here are examples of the greatest icons in the world that failed, but are now/were very successful:
- Akio Morita- You’ve probably never heard this name before, but he is the creator of most of your technology products. He is the co-founder of Sony. The first product he created was a rice cooker…. it didn’t cook any rice, but it did a really good job at burning it! That didn’t stop him; his team worked hard to then create what stands now as a multi-billion dollar company!
- Walt Disney- The man who created all our bed time stories, and inspired us to never give up on our dreams when we were kids and that’s because he didn’t. He originally started as a newspaper editor, but was fired because ‘he lacked imagination, and had no good ideas’. After that, he tried starting up several businesses, but also failed, as they ended in bankruptcy! Passing away in 1966, he has since then still left a legacy in this world, and is an inspiration to many! His creations continue to make people of all ages smile!
- Charlie Chaplin- Charlie was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era (who knew silent films could be so funny?!) However, many doubted his acting skills. Hollywood studio chiefs initially rejected him because they felt his comedic performance was a little too nonsensical to ever sell. Man, where they wrong!!!
- Michael Jordan- The greatest basketball player of all time was cut from his high school basketball team! The disappointments didn’t stop there! Throughout his entire 15-season NBA career, he missed more than 9,000 shots, lost almost 300 games and on 26 occasions missed the winning shot! “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”—Michael Jordan.
- Steve Jobs- He was a college drop out, and fired from the company he founded…Apple! He was fired at 30 years old, but dealt with it in the most positive attitude, claiming it was the best thing that ever happened to him, because it allowed him enter the most creative periods of his life. After returning to Apple, he created the most used products of all time; including all the ipods, ipads, iphones. The late Steve Jobs, stood to be part of the richest people in the world!
- Albert Einstein- Good ol’ Albert Einstein created e=mc^2, for all you physics lovers! He wasn’t the brightest of kids however. He wasn’t able to talk until he was four years old and unable to read until he was seven. He was also expelled from his school. Throughout the long journey of failures, his work is still the influence on the philosophy of science!
- Babe Ruth- Known for having a record of 714 home runs during his career, he still had a total of 1330 strikeouts, and at one point held that strikeout record. ““Every strike brings me closer to the next home run”—Babe Ruth.
I’m just going to leave you with this…the most successful people in the world, and their several failures before they got to where they were/are now. No real winner gets there easily; always get back up! It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get to your goal, as long as you get there.
‘Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail’– Ralph Waldo Emerson