Michael Jordan, the first billionaire basketball player, failed to make his high school varsity basketball team in his sophomore year and was sent down to his junior varsity team instead.
J.K. Rowling failed 12 times to get her book Harry Potter published.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson (Chicken Soup of the Soul authors), Stephen King (Carrie) and myself, were repeatedly turned down by publishers.
Legend has it that Colonel Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken) heard 1,009 “no”s in trying to convince restaurants to use his chicken recipe before he heard his first “yes”.
Failure is perceived by most in western society as a bad thing, something to be avoided. Yet failure is often a prerequisite for success.
In my Rich Habits study, 36% of the self-made millionaires in my study failed at least once in business. But these millionaires were in my Study because they persisted even after failure.
Failure is instructive. It teaches us what to do and what not to do. It prepares us for success by helping us figure out how to overcome mistakes, pitfalls, setbacks and obstacles that stand in the way of success.
Persisting through failure enables you to eventually succeed. Only in failure, can we appreciate success.
Those who do not quit after failing and keep trying, eventually succeed.
Failure is nothing more than a learning experience that acts more like a dress rehearsal for success.
So go out and fail. Your success depends on it!