Going in reverse?
Sometimes we get stuck! We are going no where or worse we start heading in the wrong direction! Whether it’s in our jobs, careers, spiritually, physically, maybe financially. I talk to a ton of people who look at where they are today and are no further ahead than they were 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years ago. It reminds of the U2 song “Stuck in the Moment”:
“You’ve got to get yourself together
You’ve got stuck in a moment
And now you can’t get out of it
Don’t say that later will be better
Now you’re stuck in a moment
And you can’t get out of it” – From U2 “Stuck in a Moment“
Too many were burned by advisor or lost money in the stock market or took a chance and got their heart broken. Whatever setback that came, what did you learn? Yes, there was pain. Yes, it was real. But growth happens through pain and certainly when we face setbacks. But too many people let failure prevent them from moving forward. They get “stuck in the moment”.
From Zero to Hero
If you look back through history, you will soon discover that some of the greatest breakthroughs came as a result of failure. Michael Jordan, The Beatles, Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, and even Dave Ramsey all had major failures before success came to them.
Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time came close to quitting basketball after being cut from his high school team. Instead of quitting, he focused on improving his skills and making the team the next year. We know how that story goes…
The Beatles were rejected by Decca Records and essentially told that rock music was on its way out. They were then rejected by Capitol Records. Instead of giving up on their dreams, they pressed on and then sold millions of records.
Walt Disney was fired early in his career because he lacked imagination. Yet he turned that failure into one of the most famous and creative companies in the world.
Thomas Edison was told as a child that he was too stupid to learn anything. Yet, he became one of the greatest inventors of all time and the founder of General Electric (GE). It has been quoted that when Edison failed on 10,000 experiments to invent the electric light bulb, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
The point is this: failure is an important ingredient to success. Without failure, big breakthroughs will not happen. You get up, dust yourself off, and get “unstuck”. Success may be right around the corner. However if you give up, one thing’s for sure: it’s tough to move forward! Let me know how I can help you…