Failure Isn’t Final

How many times have you failed, reader? I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the thought of failure. In a lot of ways, I’m a perfectionist. I like a challenge, but only if I deem it as one I can likely succeed at. I like taking risks, but it’s often very calculated and thought out.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing people speak on failure. Each time, the message is clear: It’s important to fail, because it means you’ve tried (and) failure isn’t final. 

This past weekend, I heard some amazing facts about people who failed. Yet, if I told you their names, you wouldn’t know them by their failures. Amazingly, you’d probably only know them by their successes.

Did you know:

Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

In one of Fred Astaire’s first screen tests, an executive wrote: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.”

J.K. Rowling was a single mom living off welfare when she began writing the first “Harry Potter” novel.

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, “The Red Vineyard,” in his life, and the sale was just months before his death.

Imagine if Thomas Edison had given up – we’d be sitting in the dark right now, searching for a candle to light. If J.K. Rowling had stayed content living on welfare, never reaching for more, millions of people would never have experienced her talent as a writer. If Vincent Van Gogh had stopped painting, merely because it took so long for people to recognize his gift, the world would’ve missed out on an incredible artist. An artist so incredible, in fact, that you can expect to pay over $100 million (woah!) for one of his paintings today.

So what’s your dream, reader? What things have you put back on the shelf and told yourself you’re not meant to do, just because you think you’ve failed?

Failure isn’t final. Often times, failure is an experience that leads to opportunity.

Don’t let what others have said, or even what you’ve experienced, dictate whether or not you’ll run after your dreams. If God has planted a goal or desire in your heart, run after it with all you’ve got.

You’ve got something only you can give to this world – don’t allow anyone to stop you.



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