When looking at the most successful people and organizations, we often imagine geniuses with a smooth journey straight to the promised land. Yet when you examine nearly every success story, they are often filled with crushing defeats, near-death experiences, and countless setbacks. But don't let that get you down!
Often times, we celebrate companies and individuals once they've achieved undeniable success, but shun their disruptive thinking before reaching such a pinnacle. Before Oprah was Oprah, before Jobs was Jobs, they were labeled as misguided dreamers rather than future captains of industry.
In your life, you've probably had a setback or two. When you stumble, it's tempting the throw in the towel and accept defeat. The most successful people forge ahead regardless of the falls and disappointments. Their mistakes often make them more determined and more passioned for the win.
WD-40 lubricant got its name because the first 39 experiments failed. WD-40 literally stands for “Water Displacement–40th Attempt.” If they gave up early like so many people do, we'd sure have a lot more squeaky hinges in the world.
The Story Behind Success
Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He refused to give up until he nailed his recipe for success.
Don't cave to your mistakes, embrace them. In fact, mistakes are our windows to discovery. There's an old saying that “every bull’s-eye is the result of a hundred misses.” So the next time you feel the sting of failure, just realize you're likely one shot closer to hitting your target.
You have a mission and a dream.
You were born with gifts like no other. Your mission in life is to be “You”, to the fullest. You will inevitably endure some falls along your journey, but you must realize that persistence, heart and determination are the most crucial ingredients towards success.
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Voice for Business Success
Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, The World Leader in Scaling Businesses. She is the Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of, Scale or Fail, which is endorsed by Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19. Her client list has included Ben & Jerry’s, Supercuts, Charlotte Russe, and Allstate.
Now she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward by helping business owners scale their companies, fast-track their success and create a more meaningful life. The Pinnacle Global Network, her private mentoring and mastermind enterprise has guided thousands of business owners over the past 10 years. Allison’s been featured in Inc., Success, Fortune, Fast Company and Forbes Magazines, is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox across the US. Allison has also hosted her own podcast, The Scale or Fail Show, since 2011.