Out society puts so much emphasis on success. We look at people with big homes with envy. We check out the Porsche as it zooms by us on the freeway. We go to a lake and can only imagine what it would be like to speed around in that great big boat.
What we don’t see is what it took many of them to get there. True, perhaps some of them inherited the money. You can even go so far as to pretend that they all got lucky in the lottery. But you and I both know that’s probably not the case.
Chances are, they worked hard to get there. Maybe they worked for a corporation. They climbed up the corporate ladder. And, as they were doing that, they were pulled into the boss’s office a few times for some “guidance”. They worked fifteen hours per day. And perhaps part of the reason why they had to work so hard was because they were correcting some mistakes they made.
When you drill for something, sometimes the well is dry. You chose the wrong spot. So, you move to a different spot.
When you learn how to ski, you fall. But you get back up and try again. And before you know it, you’re having a blast at a sport that will last you a lifetime.
One of my favorite quotes on this subject is from Michael Jordan. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.”
If you just tried something and failed, pat yourself on the back. You’re on the road to success.