Years back, I experienced a serious setback at some point and my youth pastor at that time recommended a book for me to read “it will help you” he said. Enthusiastically, I bought the book and started reading like my redemption depended on it. Written by a renowned writer and speaker, the book fueled the rage to get back on my feet and keep pursuing goals. After reading about the experiences of successful people and the failures they overcame before succeeding, I made up my mind never to give up. The book changed my entire perspective about “failure’ from that day I embraced it like a lover. Failure became an assurance of success for me.
Peradventure you encounter failure at a point and you feel like giving it all up, just imagine it like a giant or wild animal standing on your way of getting through a door that leads to your freedom and treasure house, ofcourse, you will feel fear but remember “fear is just a growling animal with no teeth” In this scenario there are two choices:
1) Turn back and accept “fate”ù
2) Fight the giant and enter your treasure house or die trying.
Success means different things to different people. But I have chosen to succeed or die trying. I won’t settle for less. In the end it’s all about the choices we make.
Recently, I watched a movie titled “Harriet”. (highly recommended) It’s a true story of a slave called by that name during the slave era in America. Even though there were many slaves who accepted the situation and just continued surviving in the oppression, Harriet took the risk and ran. There was a particular scene that got me thinking, while running away, she got to a bridge and was surrounded by her master’s armies ready to capture her. Now faced with two choices; to surrender or jump into the ocean. She said “I either die or be free”. She chose the latter and guess what? she survived and later became an abolitionist.
(who knows maybe centuries from now, my story, struggles and success will be adapted into a movie too. Just Saying)
I know not everybody can be a hero(ine) but, we can all learn to embrace failure or obstacle and not get intimidated by it. I have not read or heard of anyone who was awarded for giving-up. So, like John Maxwell said “the next time you fail, remember to fail forward.
Below is my short piece about FAILURE;
Most dread the sound of the word
Only few embrace it
The fear of it has grounded many
But is failure that terrible?
It can be likened to grease that makes your passage smooth
Every fall teaches you a lesson and makes you stronger
Failure is like a ladder you climb to success
It is inevitable
Most successful people in the world have failed in several endeavours
Thomas Edison failed 99 times before he succeeded in inventing the light bulb
Henry Ford went broke five times before he succeeded
Every failure births a new path to achieving success
Any time you fall, dust yourself and move forward
Try harder and keep trying till you achieve your goal
No one has ever been credited for giving up
Failure should intensify your desire to succeed
So, the next time you fall