SUCCESS DISGUISED AS FAILURE
Welcome to the STRUGZ platform where life principles, careers, and business tips are shared. This week’s edition is a guide to help everyone locate or understand their path and not deviate from it.
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”- Ken Robinson
At a seminar which I reluctantly attended earlier this year, the keynote speaker said something that struck me, and I quote, ‘’keep quiet when you are pregnant with greatness, don’t say a word until you have birthed that greatness for the world to witness”.
What is success? Is it financial stability, emotional security, or a state of mind? Whatever your interpretation of success, it is of paramount importance that you use it to continuously get better and be a positive influence on people around you.
Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure. However, his skill and passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of the famous software company Microsoft, and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.
In his own words: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you wealthy, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.
Take a second to ponder on the topic, and then recall those million ideas you have made strategic plans on in the past, which you abandoned after one or two errors along the line. WAKE UP!!!
In Life, everyone fails. Thomas Edison had over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before inventing the light bulb, but he also learned a new thing on every account; that finally helped him birth something generations are still in awe of.
In every failed attempt, we are always easily discouraged and quick to succumb to letting go and accept failure. Completely overlooking what could have been if we had continued to birth that great idea.
In Nigeria, Dana Airlines would be categorized by people as one of the poorest airlines in terms of background history and crashes, but Dana is one of the best in Nigeria. Amidst the history of crashes and liability charges, they always get back on their feet and push forward. According to stats, most airlines don’t survive from such occurrences; they ought to have folded up years ago. They didn’t sit and tag themselves as a ‘Failure’ because people saw them that way. They believe in their vision and mission and continue to forge ahead against all odds.
There is a thin line between success and failure. A line is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. Create a balance that helps you pave your way to success. It’s all within YOU!