“If at first you don’t succeed, try , try, again.”
Most of us have heard that expression most of our lives. As humans we have a natural inborn desire to succeed. What is lacking typically is the perseverance it takes to get through the failures. I know that speaking for myself, failure is not something I enjoy but …..after several attempts at something and it still not working, it is not hard for me to give up and simply move on to the next idea or project. Does that sound like you?
Like the little mouse in the photo, success is much more than simply doing something over and over until it finally turns out the way you want.
"Success comes about by looking at your hurdles with new perspectives, imagination and determination then choosing to move forward."
Here we see it as humor as the little mouse has put a helmet on to protect himself from the jaws of the trap as he hopefully finds success in snatching a delicious piece of cheese. But it looks to me like he has learned a few things. (obviously from observation or a few close calls) And from that learned knowledge he gained from previous failures he has developed a NEW plan of attack. One that he may have never thought about if it weren’t for those failures. One that just might prove successful this time.
If you didn’t learn anything from trying and failing, then you weren’t trying to succeed to begin with.
I would imagine that all his little mouse buddies told him to forget it because it was impossible. That it was too dangerous and that there was no way it could be done. I would imagine he heard every negative thing that could possibly be said about this endeavor. And I even imaging that he had the very same thought at some point. But his desire and determination told him something different. His desire kept him motivated and his determination kept him looking for new ways to get the job done. No matter what others told him.
I know, in my life I have definitely heard a lot of that myself. My dream sounds silly, impossible, too far out there, I’m not qualified, to get my head out of the clouds. We all have heard these things from the very people we look to for support. All softened by the words “but I’ll support you in what ever you do” or something like that. Ugh! There came a time that I simply stopped asking what they thought. Hopefully you have an encouraging support group around you.
Throughout all of history, great achievements were made by people that believed in themselves. People that rose up against great opposition and disbelief in their vision only to find great success.
Thomas Edison persisted through thousands and thousands of failed attempts at perfecting the incandescent light bulb before his final success. Thomas Edison did it because the idea that it wasn’t possible simply wasn’t an option for him. He came across all the opposition you can imagine from people all around him. As a matter of fact, this idea was so crazy at the time that even after he perfected the light bulb, he still needed to invent a way to distribute power for people to use it. Talk about putting a cart before the horse! Thomas Edison succeeded at inventing many things we still use and take for granted today after much failure because of three basic elements.
1. He always held a new PERSPECTIVE. Thomas Edison looked at each of the thousands of failures as learning tools and applied what he had learned to a different approach to his next attempt. He never tried the same thing twice. When asked how he felt about failing so many times he replied ” I’ve not failed…I’ve just found 10,000 ways it didn’t work but I only need one way that it will”.
2. He applied a great deal of IMAGINATION to his work. With each failure he imagined a new way to approach it. Some of those ways were a simple shot in the dark. (Like using a spiders webbing as a filament for the light bulb. What was he thinking? Ha Ha!) Never think that your ideas are silly, improbable or impossible. Ya, never know, they just might be the one that works!
3. He had great DETERMINATION. If Thomas Edison teaches us anything it is that success comes with simple imagination, determination and dedication to something you believe in. Like our little mouse He was determined to make his idea a reality, no matter what it took. He could not see past his vision into failure only into its success.
Many of life’s failures are people are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up – Thomas Edison
Last thought here is this: If there is anything you have always wanted to do, achieve, create or accomplish and you have tried and failed over and over …. Don’t give up now, because it only takes ONE more try to succeed!
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