Get Motivated by Successful Failures (Part 2)

After reading this article’s headline, you’re probably thinking it sounds like a contradiction, right? How can you get motivated by someone who’s failed?

Well, let’s take a look at some famous failures. People like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison – all failures at one time in their lives.

Before Walt Disney revolutionized film animation, he was fired from a newspaper for having no imagination and no original ideas.

Steve Jobs, the man behind the iPhone, iTunes, and the iPad, was basically kicked out of his own company in the mid 1980’s Yet in 1996 he came back to Apple, saved the company, and made it what is today.

Thomas Edison failed over 10,000 times in attempting to make a light bulb that worked before he succeeded. Could you imagine failing 10,000 times before you reached your goal?

Now, I’m not saying that we have to be inventors like Edison. I’m the first to admit, although I can change a light bulb easy enough, if I were asked to make a light bulb from scratch I would be completely in the dark on how to do it …

Seriously, there is something we can learn from these guys. Something we can use, no matter what we choose to do with our lives. Each of these men had a crystal-clear vision of what they wanted to do. And they had the determination to follow through until they accomplished their goal, no matter how many failures they experienced.

They could have said it was too hard and gave up. But they didn’t. Because each of them knew that failure is actually a future success in disguise. Let me repeat that: failure is actually a future success in disguise. We have got to be looking for opportunity in failure.

When I speak with students in schools, we talk about how to discover, define, set and accomplish goals – even in the face of obstacles like failure. One of the key elements in the process is making one’s goal crystal clear with loads of details – because once we can see our goals clearly, we can move toward them and accomplish them.

You are capable of accomplishing great things in life – if you’re willing to do the work. Each of us is blessed with greatness. It’s our responsibility to use it.

And remember, you are not alone …

Related Links:
- Get Motivated by Successful Failures (Part 1)
- Make a Date with Destiny: Schedule a Deadline for Your Goals
- The Magic If: Do You Know What Your Future Looks Like?
- Life is Like a Cup of Coffee



Tip of the Day from Richard Bach

“You are never given a wish, without the power to make it come true.”

And remember, you are not alone …



Get Motivated by Successful Failures



Tip of the Day on Creating Success

Success is determined by our ability to think and act like champions, even in the midst of defeat.

And remember, you are not alone …



Tip of the Day on Life

Better to learn as you go than to go nowhere.

And remember, you are not alone …



Tip of the Day from Confucius

“If your plan is for one year, plant rice.

If your plan is for ten years, plant trees.

If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”

And remember, you are not alone …



Tip of the Day from Bill Cosby

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”




Tip of the Day from Robert Schuller

“Tough times never last, tough people do.”

And remember, you are not alone …



Tip of the Day: Do You Know What Your Future Looks Like?


The Magic If – Do You Know What Your Future Looks Like?

When I speak about goals to students and families, one of the things I do is help people create a 5-Year Vision – a very specific picture of what they want their lives to look like and who they want to be five years down the road. It’s something I learned about from Brian Tracy.

What I’ve found is that many people say they have no idea what it is they want to be doing, or who they want to be in five years. But when I ask a very simple question, almost 100% of the time their “not knowing” melts away and a clear answer begins to manifest.

So what’s the question?

What if? What if you did know? Who would you be? What would your life look like?

Click here to read the whole article.

And remember, you are not alone …

Related Links:
A Fresh Look at Goals for Parents, Kids and the Family
A Fresh Look at Goals for Parents, Kids and the Family – Part 2
Goals and Emotions
Life is Like a Cup of Coffee
Smart Goals




Tip of the Day: The Domino Effect and Your Future

Sometimes in life, taking one small action can start a domino effect of positivity and goodness. Often the action is disguised as something that may appear unimportant.