This reminds me a proverb which is very close to my heart.
” I have not failed 500 times; I have just discovered 500 ways it won’t work”
WHAT A TERRIFIC EXAMPLE OF PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANC
This goes back to 1870s. Thomas Alva Edison was burning the midnight oil in a workshop in New Jersy. He was trying to invent the light bulb and you all know about it.
He tried many experiments but all without success.He just failed to get it right. His failure became the talk of the town and the story goes that after he had failed for the five hundred time, a journalist interviewed him and asked, ‘Mr Edison, how does it feel to have failed five hundred times?Why don’t you just give it up now?’
‘No,no,young lady,’Edison replied. ‘I have not failed five hundred time. I would rather say,I have just discovered five hundred ways it won’t work. I am so much closer now to finding a way that will surely work!’
Sure enough, in 1879,Edison invented the filament light bulb- an invention that changed the shape of the world. By the time this great scientist died, the man who had failed five hundred times had got 1024 patents to his credit, and founded the famous General Electric Company. But Edison’s real contribution to mankind went beyond all this.
He made it happen and showed us the power of perseverance,the virtue of learning from failure and the magic of never giving up.
To succeed,one must learn to embrace failure and not scared by it
IS NOT IT, MY READER?
Don’t let your ego get in the way of your desire to learn. Successful people keep their mind open to new things because they know that no matter how high their level of mastery, there is always more to discover.
If you have become expert in one field, seek out other fields where you can transfer and apply your expertise.
When facing challenges, even ones you have faced many time before, adopt a learner’s approach- ask questions or find new ways to solve the problem.
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ONE UP!!
It is so easy to forget this one: doing good makes you feel good.Being kind to a co-worker not only enables and elevates their mood-it lifts yours too. Making a customer feel like the VIP that he is not only makes him your goodwill ambassador, it spreads word of your services like a virus, it unlocks a wellspring of positive sensation inside of you. Going the extra mile for your spouse or your child not only leaves them better than you found them, it helps you feel connected to the ones you love- which eventually promotes happiness and fulfillment.
Not only do good things happen to good people,but people who do good things get to feel great feelings. But let me tell you this is not so easy to do as it may look like. Being positive and kind and excellent takes a lot more discipline and power. But if you practice it,it is a practical,powerful insight that will lead you to real results- in your business life, in your personal life.And in your inner life.
Do good for people. Do good work. Think good thoughts. And be good to yourself. Good things will happen in your life.
Yes, Fear could be scary. When we face it, we are wired to run. we want to avoid it. We consider it a bad thing.But it is not true. In my mind, fear is splendid. It is an opportunity.It is a gift.
On the other side of every fear that is keeping you small is your natural power and your true greatness.If you try to run away from your fear, it tantamount to running from the brilliance you were meant to be. A fear is nothing more than a doorway into the highest version of your highest vision. The things that scare you are spectacular opportunities to discover more of all you are meant to be. Trust me! Fear is not bad,it is normal.It is in fact superb! It leads to confidence, if you do what you fear.It leads to self-respect. It promotes growth. It makes you better.
So today, at work or at home, if something comes up that makes you feel like running, avoiding or even resisting, don’t make a beeline for the door.
You should instead show up like a leader you truly can be and embrace the opportunity you have been presented. Because what you resist will persist. But what you befriend,you will transcend.
SO TREAT FEAR AS GROWTH!
Have you ever noticed that it is the people we love we most take for granted?It is easy to spend less time with your family because you know they will always be there for you or so you assume. It is easy to put off expressing your love to your loved ones because there seems to be no urgency at play.Its easy to let home relationships slip because you assume there are more pressing things to deal with.
But if you think seriously what could possibly be more important than your family?Is there any wisdom or excitement in being successful, yet alone?
So get out of your casual mode,pick up the phone and tell your parents that you love them. your child too would copy cat this. Before you leave for work,give your spouse a delicate kiss, like you mean it.
And yes,please do hug your kids. Enjoy them while you can-they will be young only once.And once that window of opportunity closes, it will be gone for ever and never return to you.
Every person who has shown up in your life and arrived to help- you become the person you are now. Appreciate and love them.
Three simple test: Short and sweet
1- He/She should be a good human being.
2-He/She should have good upbringing.
3-Meet his/her parents and keep meeting them for atleast one year to know them well, because your prospective life partner is a reflection of his/her parents and will have their a lot of influence.This can seal your decision.
Yes, you have heard me right!
One of the primary traits of world-class performers in business and in life is their ability to ‘detach from the noise’. Each day, ‘noise’ such as little crises,minor interruptions and interesting distractions beg for our attention.To get to your own unique form of personal and professional greatness, it is important-no,essential-to detach from the noise and stay ‘on vision’.
I suggest you a simple daily practice to keep you on course and get to your dreams. you should spent some time each morning in complete silence.
Before your day gets noisy, close your eyes and reflect on your mission. Think about your goals. Reflect on what are your most important To-Dos today.Those things that will get you to your dreams.
We all face ‘the tyranny of the urgent’ during our days.But,trust me, the best of the best stay true to their vision, values and virtues.And they ensure that the things that truly count never get sacrificed for those seemingly pressing but unimportant ones.
They simply refuse to major in the minor.They avoid the noise.