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How Failure Can Lead To Success

If at first you don't succeed ...

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You'd be surprised at how many successful people have failed before. It seems to be a stigma in the UK, although it should be celebrated because at least you tried. Failure can lead to success, and here's proof ...

Failure can lead to success and there are many great examples to inspire you!

Failure can lead to success and there are many great examples to inspire you!

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Ok, if you're performing an operation or flying a passenger plane, failure can mean a bad day for many people, but even as business owners where we risk the roof over our heads, we're still scared stiff.

Recent research showed that fear of failure tops the list of phobias with nearly one in three people having a fear of failure (31 percent), ahead of public speaking or spiders (30 percent each), or even being scared of ghosts (15 percent).

But we carry on, working hard, safe in the knowledge that some of the biggest names have failed before. Not just failed, but spectacularly so.

Don't worry, you're in good company:

  • Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team

  • Walt Disney was fired from his job at a newspaper as he lacked imagination

  • Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times

  • John Grisham's first book, 'A Time to Kill', was rejected twenty-eight times

  • Albert Einstein was labelled 'mentally slow' as a child

  • Henry Ford's first two automobile companies went bankrupt

  • Oprah Winfrey was fired from an early job as a television news anchor

  • Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage in his first stand-up comedy appearance

  • Sir James Dyson suffered 5,126 prototypes failures before he got the Dyson vacuum to work

  • Elvis Presley was fired from the Grand Ole Opry and was told to go back to truck driving

  • Colonel Sanders of KFC fame was rejected over 1,000 times before selling his first franchise

What if these people had let their early failures stop them from trying again?

I think that Ellen DeGeneres summed it up well: “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

You may need time to dust yourself down and formulate a new plan, but what's stopping you from going for it again ... and again ... and again ... until you succeed?

Nearly half of adults (49 percent) admitted that fear of failure "was the biggest roadblock to either not achieving their goals at all, or discouraged them from revisiting their goals."

"Go for it and try, try again until
you succeed!"

Yes, failure can lead to success. If you need help with focussing your productivity to help give you the edge you need to succeed, call me on 01858 414226 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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More about Ellen Willoughby ...

I'm Ellen, Director of All About Quality and All About Productivity. I have over 20 years experience as a professional in the quality world and 17 years as a practising Buddhist. As a result of this, I have a passion for improvement. in business and personal life.

This has led me to productivity and how I can be the best I can by devouring hundreds of blogs and books on the subject and practising meditation and mindfulness techniques. Combined, this has helped me understand what needs to be done to improve the performance of processes and more importantly you.

If you would like to know how I can help you do call me!


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