Failure

I am a collector of quotes and inspiring stories. I have a notebook full of them. Now I save images with quotes I find online and save them to my computer. I share them often.

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“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” This alone is proof to me that is it good to use other people’s words.

I gleaned a bit of information this week about someone who is near and dear to my heart. This person, I was told, thinks himself a failure. I was surprised to hear this self-assessment. I do know of a rough time in his life but we all have those, right? To be a failure is to stop engaging in life.

This man is no failure.

“People who achieve their dreams usually experience a lot of failures along the way, but they don’t let failure get the better of them.” John Maxwell. Failures are temporary, isolated events; simply a part of the process.

I recently read that to be a success you have to make time to think. That’s a scary thought and explains a lot of things! If thinking were easy then everyone would be a success.

I’ve also heard that failure is an event, not a person.

“Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievements.”Claude M. Bristol.

Plato said “Take charge of your thoughts”.

I guess I took this failure thing a little personally. I have tried many things in my life that have failed. It is hard to separate the act from the person, especially when you are the person who committed the act that failed. I am in great company. Colonial Sanders, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford all had multiple failures. I take comfort in the fact that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who are cheering me on.

Today I will brush the dust of failure off my shoulders and continue on, and I hope, my dear friends, you will do the same.

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