“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”  Abraham Lincoln

 Yes, that’s right, there are many benefits associated with failure.  Most of us have never stopped to realize and appreciate the amazing and marvelous things that we have in our lives every day, thanks to those unflappable men and women who were not concerned about failure.  Look around you.  Are you aware that most of the gadgets, appliances, tools, medicines and luxuries that we use were created by individuals who chose not to give up?  They accepted failure as part of the learning process to achieve their objectives. 

 One of the greatest inventors of our time Thomas Edison, was laughed at by his colleagues and ridiculed by the press during his attempt to bring us the electric light bulb.  Edison’s famous quote was, “I did not fail five thousand times to create the filament, I successfully identified five thousand ways not to.” Can you imagine the Wright Brothers giving up after one trial run?  Where would aviation be today if they had not persisted? How about Jonas Salk, Madame Curie and countless other famous doctors that gave us miracle drugs and cures?

 Do you know the value of never giving up? Are you aware that the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, was cut from his high school team?  Did you know that Albert Einstein didn’t pass his college entrance exam the first time? The list goes on and on.  So many of the people that we have come to recognize and admire had a similar view and belief. They did not fear failure!

 On the contrary, they recognized that in order to accomplish anything new or to achieve something they had not been able to do, they had to be willing to take chances.  They had to be willing to accept failure and rise above it. 

 Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

What is holding you back?  What is keeping you from achieving the life that you deserve?  Are you willing to face your failures, learn from them, and try one more time?I encourage you and challenge you to be bold!

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