I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Do you feel like a failure?

on July 6, 2014

hitting headIf you feel like a failure, you are in good company.  Everyone has had their share of difficulty in life, some worse than others, but the ones who become successful are those who just get up and keep working towards their goals.  Failure isn’t a problem unless you dwell on it and stop growing.   We can all learn valuable lessons from our mistakes and just try to do better the next time.

Have you ever been told you are stupid or worthless?  What effect did that have on you?  From personal experience, these words made me feel bad and I kept telling myself I was stupid and worthless every time I did something wrong.  By believing what someone told me, I didn’t realize my value and didn’t live up to my potential.

Thomas Edison was a man who failed in school.  His teacher thought he was too stupid to learn and told him he would never be a success.  Did Thomas believe what his teacher told him?  No!  He kept going towards his goals and later developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the light bulb.  If he hadn’t believed in himself, we would still be sitting in the dark!

Walt Disney failed at his newspaper job because they didn’t think he had any imagination or original ideas.  Did Walt give up.  Of course not!  He knew he had potential and thanks to his creativity, millions of people can experience Disneyland.

Abraham Lincoln failed twice in business, was defeated in 8 elections and after his fiancée died, he had a nervous breakdown.  His failures and depression didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams.  Instead he kept going until he became the 16th president of the United States and probably one of the best.

What skills and abilities are you hiding or ignoring because of what someone has said to you?  Are you living up to your full potential?

Failures can destroy you or they can make you strong.  Most successful people in the world have failed several times in their lives but they had confidence in their own abilities and didn’t give up when everything seemed to be stacked against them.  You need to treat failures as stepping-stones to success and not allow them to drag you down.   Always remember that failure only happens when you quit trying.  So don’t give up, ever!!!



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