TR on Failure

Okay, so maybe with “Cleaning House” coming out in a month, and all that goes on with talking/writing about it – I just might have youth entitlement on my mind. I thought I would share with you a fun article on failure … and what can come of and from it. Or what can come when one gets back up (on their own).

I hope this list (which is far from exhaustive, see also: Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, Sir Richard Branson, oh how it goes on and on…) inspires us all the next time we want to race in and save little Billy from falling. In the name of love, might we help them strengthen their legs by letting them feel the bumps and learn how to get back up to try again.

Thanks for walking the road with me!~


Here’s a large portion of “11 Famous Successes that Stemmed From Failure“. Try to guess who they are before checking out the answers provided at the end.

“…Zig Ziglar once said, “Failure is an event, not a person.” See if you can figure out who’s who in these descriptions. (Answers found at bottom.)

A.) He failed the sixth grade and was defeated in every single election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the young age of 62.

B.) He was booed from the podium when he first released his ideas, and was considered an outcast by his peers and the scientific community.

C.) In the first year of her contract, she was dropped by her producers because they thought she was unattractive and couldn’t act.

D.) He did not speak until he was four years old, and couldn’t read until he was seven. His parents thought he was “sub-normal.” He was expelled from school and his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and a drip forever in foolish dreams.”

E.) He was fired after his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry and told by the manager, “You ain’t going nowhere son, you otta go back to driving a truck.”

F.) She was broke, living on welfare, severely depressed, divorced and a single mother while attending school and attempting to write her first novel.

G.) After a screen test, the memo from the director read, “can’t act, can’t sing, slightly bald, can dance…a little.”

H.) A professor suggested he drop out of the English department and college altogether. At his very first job, he was paid in cases of shaving cream, soda and nail clippers. His first book was rejected by 27 publishers before printers accepted it.

I.) Enduring a rough and often abusive childhood, she faced numerous career setbacks including being fired from her first job because she was unfit for TV.

J.) He was told by Emperor Ferdinand that his operas were “far too noisy” and contained “far too many notes.”

K.) They said he was too small and didn’t skate well enough. Yet, he set the standard for grit, courage, skill and humility.

A) Winston Churchill; B) Sigmund Freud; C) Marilyn Monroe; D) Albert Einstein; E) Elvis Presley; F) J.K. Rowling; G) Fred Astaire; H) Dr. Seuss; I) Oprah Winfrey; J) Wolfgang Mozart; K) Stan “Steamer” Smyl – Vancouver Canucks.”

As Michael Jordan says: “I’ve failed over and over again… that is why I succeeded.”

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