Wednesday 2 August 2017

Failure is only an Event

"Failure" is only a verb, not a noun. It is a normal event in the process of winning. "It is not a person." (Zig Ziglar) Don’t be put out of the game just because of an event. Ask Thomas Edison, ask Abraham Lincoln, ask any champion you know. Ask them, How many failures they had to pass through, to become the renowned person we know them to be. 

Colonel Harland Sanders:

Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) went through 1009 trials before he found the first person to accept to franchise his brand. 1009 trials? Wow! What if he is like one of us, and gave up after the 500th trial? We all will probably praise him for going that far, but heaven probably will not. The grave probably will not. The Hame of fame probably will not. (There is no hall of fame for people who tried.)

He knew better, that is why we celebrate him today. He knew better than to settle. He knew better than to give up. He said, “I’ve only had two rules. Do all you can and do it the best you can.” wow! What a principle to live one's life by. Not just doing some things, but all that one is capable of within reason of time and purpose. Rather than be paralyzed by an event of life, or the prevailing wind, life demands that we do all we can, to the best of our ability. Only as we do this will life come along and open new and higher doors for us. 

Winners Stay through:

Winners know better than to give up. They know better than to give away control over their life and future. They remain on the driver's seat of their life and drive it according to their preset goals and target in the direction of their vision. They know that each failure only brings them closer to their victory. Every failure event is a lesson. A lesson on how to do things differently and better. They eliminated bad, non-functional options, and embraced good, functional options. They saw their failure event from the right perspective. 

They refused to allow the event to define them. Like Maxwell Maltz rightly puts it, "You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you." Winners refuse to allow an event to define their lives, rather they define it in a way that supports their journey. Today, we do not remember any of them for any of their failures, but for their eventual victory. Their names became renowned because they never gave up, but kept pushing. They kept trying until they got what they wanted out of life. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet." (Robert Schuller)

Your name is being etched in the hall of fame. Only stay through. Don’t ever give up. Keep trying. Keep learning. Keep tweaking. Keep pushing. As sure as sure is your victory is coming.

© 2014 Akin Akinbodunse

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