I found the following in one of Pat Mesiti’s books that I want to share with you as most people can relate to this;
“If you look at the most successful entrepreneurs, you won’t find that it’s super intelligence, talent, education or resources that sets them apart. In fact most self made millionaires are surprisingly ordinary and often devoid of remarkable intellectual prowess.
The most stunningly successful entrepreneurs seem to share one special quality – they are profoundly stubborn! Put another way, they are persistent and take no action – and then they are more persistent and they take more action!
How you deal with failure determines whether or not you ever get to deal with success!
Research has shown that the average entrepreneur goes through 3.8 failures before achieving significant success!
So go ahead, screw it up and embarrass yourself a lot – fast!”
After reading this I decided to delve further into people that have failed and had the courage to keep trying and eventually succeeded and after a quick search on Google found the following people that kept moving forward despite failing;
Michael Jordan – Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team.
Elvis Presley – back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Bill Gates – Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
So as you can see some of the biggest business men, sport stars and musicians failed before they succeeded. So like I said earlier – Go ahead, screw it up and embarrass yourself a lot – fast!