There is no elevator to the floor of success. We have to burn our calories, taking one step after the other through the stair way or ladder, with the risk of falling. We have to reach the heights of success through the ladder of failures. As Winston Churchill rightly pointed out, success is not final and failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts. However, this article is meant for those people who aspire to succeed in life after understanding the philosophy of failures. The fact has to be acknowledged that failure is a very strong part of success. Here we try and compile the failures and hardships of certain highly successful people.
Asked about the invention of photo bulb, Edison said, I have not failed, but found out 10,000 ways that do not work.
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” says Michael Jordan.
“I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It isimpossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”- K Rowling
Disney’s opinion on failures “I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid.”He was referred to by an editor as a person who lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
A Van Goghpainting will cost you upwards of $100 million nowadays. But in his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh couldn’t sell of any of his paintings, except the one named the “Red Vineyard”, that too just before his death.
Many people do not know that Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company failed two timesresulting in bankruptcies, prior to successfully launching the Ford Motor Company.
In fact, it wasn’t until the age of 62 that Colonel Sanders of the present day KFC set out with a $105 social security check in hand to pitch his chicken recipe to restaurants. 1,009 folks told him he was crazy, but he didn’t give up.
The man responsible for the I phone, the I pod, and the I pad, was given away by his biological parents for adoption because they couldn’t afford to bring him up.- Steve Jobs
This person moved to Yemen at the age of 16, and worked there as a gas-station attendant and as a clerk in an oil company. He returned to India in 1958 with Rs 50,000 and set up a textile trading company, which is now one of the largest business houses in India with interest in many different sectors.- DhirubaiAmbani
“Those days I had no money, too much of time. Today, I have too much of money and no time.Those days I had too much hunger, but no food. Today, I have too much food and no hunger.” – Velumani, Chairman Thyrocare.