By: Ken Austin
Some of the greatest thinkers of all time can teach us the most important lessons.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
To be successful we need to begin, without taking the first steps there can be no success. Many people do not begin because they fear mistakes. Welcome mistakes, learn from them and then you will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.
"Remove failure as an option."
Did you set your goal so that you would fail? NO. Success was the only option then, and is the only option now.
"Success is the proper utilization of failure."
Every failure is a learning experience. A successful person will analyze their failures with smart questions such as:
How can I do it better?
What mistakes did I make?
What did I learn from this?
What can I do differently to ensure success?
By identifying the causes of failure, you can start again with more confidence and knowledge. Every failure will bring you closer to success.
"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."
The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is failure. You can only fail if you stop trying. You must continue trying in order to succeed.
"Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm."
Sir Winston Churchill
Failure is only an obstacle. If we visualise failure as a brick wall, we can see that there is a way over it. There may be a dozen brick walls in our way, if we climb each one with the same enthusiasm with our goals in sight we will never fail.
"Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
When you have put effort into achieving your dreams you must keep going. There is no crystal ball, success could be right around the corner. You owe it to yourself to keep trying. The worst punishment in life is to look back and wonder "what if...."