I’m constantly asked about the secret of success.
You know, it’s never one thing, but a combination of many different aspects… But at the top of my list are two things.
#1. There are no failures – only results.
#2. A results person never quits.
Ok, they’re pretty simple. But what I’ve learnt is that success is largely hanging on and learning from your mistakes after others have quit.
I’ve always studied successful people and what I’ve found is that they’ve always made plenty of mistakes, got knocked down and kept getting up.
Again, and again, and again…
Consider these examples…
– Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book was rejected by 23 publishers.
– Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
– Henry Ford failed and went broke 5 times before he succeeded.
– Ernest Hemingway revised The Old Man and the Sea before submitting the manuscript for publication.
– The University of Bern rejected Albert Einstein’s PHD dissertations, saying it was irrelevant and fanciful.
…I love the story about a high school basketball coach who was attempting to motivate his players by standing in front of them and saying, “Did Michael Jordan ever quit?”
The team responded, “No!”
“What about the Wright brothers? Did they ever quit?”
“No!” said the team.
“What about Mohammed Ali, was he a quitter?”
Again, the team yelled, “No!”
“What about Elmer McAllister, ever quit?”
…there was a long silence. Finally, one player was bold enough to ask, “Who’s Elmer McAllister? We’ve never heard of him.”
The coach snapped back at them and said, “Of course you’ve never heard of him…
… HE QUIT!”
What about this..?
Babe Ruth, the greatest baseball player of all time failed 77% of the time and was struck out 1,330 times.
He failed twice as much as he succeeded. But he never gave up.
I’ve got a saying that is posted on my desktop that says, “Failure I can live with… Regret I cannot.”
I don’t know where you are at at the moment, but if you’re dissatisfied, feeling a bit disillusioned, flat and unmotivated – they could be symptoms of the “giving-up psyche.”
I want to leave you with the famous words of Winston Churchill.
“Never give up, never give up, never give up.”
Signed with Success,