Nobody wants to fail. But failing is an inevitable aspect of life: personal life, at work, or love life. Since it’s impossible to not fail. We all need to look at our failures differently. Success comes from the ability to get up over and over again regardless of how many times we fall down. Many world leaders and successful individuals have frequently failed.
The world famous media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, gave a speech at the Golden Globes Awards. Millions of American have been so inspired and touched, they have started a viral thread, “Oprah for president 2020”. Oprah’s path has not always been glitters and gold. She ran away from home, pregnant and lost her baby at the age of 14. She started her career in media as a news anchor on Nashville’s television. She later on got fired from that job but that did not put her off and she confidently continued her career path. Oprah has found her passion in talk-shows.
We can all agree that Oprah is a woman with a good heart. She has been giving back to the community is numerous ways. From opening schools for orphanage girls in South Africa to an anti-domestic violence campaign for women called “Time’s up”. Oprah has raised many awareness all across the globe.
Walt Elias Disney has also overcome his failure. Who would have imagined that he was once fired from a newspaper for “not being creative”. If Walt Disney had given up we wouldn’t have all the great motion pictures and films that are part of our childhood. His legacy has carried on, and now part of our children’s childhood. Walt later on bought this newspaper company after he became successful.
JK Rowling has one of my favorite success stories. Her book series have been translated into 73 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her speech at Harvard University has inspired many students, me and many other people. She admitted having so many failures in life. “I had a failed marriage, I was unemployed, I’m a single mother, I was broke as much as a Brit can be.” But regardless of the many setbacks that have taken place in her life, she has her true passion in writing and she kept pushing forward, never giving up. You can learn more from her new book, “Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failures and the Importance of Imagination”.
What can failures teach you:
- Failing helps you grow. Just like how you learned how to ride a bike. Every fall and every scratch has taught us to ride better.
- Failing teaches us that talents and skills doesn’t always guarantee success. Endurance and hard work will help you breakthrough.
- Failing also teaches you what to give up and what to improve on. It’s part of the learning curve. You don’t know if you’re good at it until you try. Many people find their true calling/passions at an early stage in their lives. But most of us are still finding our way.
These are only a few examples of successful people who overcome their failures. Do you have a favorite role model who always inspired you to keep pushing through? Treat failure like a lesson in life. You will get better and stronger every time you pick yourself up and keep pursuing your dream.