Sunday, March 01, 2009
Tip#235: Failure is Okay - Tucker - The Man and His Dream
For some people any kind of failure can be a blow to self-confidence and self-esteem. So it is important to recognize that the success you want can only come from the process of failure.
I often talk about Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in my motivational keynotes and seminars. She is a great example of a success story that stemmed from what others may view as failures. While she was writing her first book she was an unemployed, poor single parent living on government assistance.
And despite having her first book rejected 10 times before getting published Rowling maintained an optimistic mindset. Rowling has gone on to say her failure ended up as the catalyst for her tremendous success.
History is also filled with stories of failures leading to success. Henry Ford went bankrupt multiple times before he got Ford Motor Company off the ground. And another failed automotive entrepreneur, Preston Tucker, was celebrated in a movie made by Francis Ford Coppola.
Tucker - The Man and His Dream
Jeff Bridges plays the lead character in Tucker - The Man and His Dream. The Tucker was the name of a revolutionary car made in the late 40's. At the time it looked like a car from the future with innovative safety features like seat belts.
And though the Tucker company failed and only created 50 cars it was his story for maintaining a positive, enthusiastic attitude that inspires. Tucker himself treated life like an adventure.
And through the love and support of his family and business partner Tucker was able to ride out the unexpected crisis that would test his ability to stay positive.
Failure Is Part of Your Journey
So be inspired by famous failures in history. See that successful people you admire or read about all had to go through the process of failure in order to evolve and improve. Recognize that you are not alone in whatever downfalls you have experienced.
Maintain a strong sense of enthusiasm no matter what happens in your career or life. Your ups and downs are all part of your journey to success. And most of all remember you are never alone along your path!
"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."
"The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive."
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."
Read more about other success stories in this great article on the positives of failure in Ode magazine: click here
© Emmanuel Lopez 2009