Do you have a great idea for a startup? Maybe you love writing and dream of doing it for a living? But something is holding you back. This something is probably a fear of losing, failing, making mistakes, call it whatever you want. With that fear standing in the way it’ll be hard to move towards a dream. So it’s either way – fight it or use it as a motivator.
And you can start by getting some inspiration from the people who paved their way to success through countless failures. Take a quick look at the infographic the EssayTigers.com have made.
Today both adults and children enjoy Disney movies. But how did it all start for Walt Disney? He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and was fired from a newspaper because “he had no good ideas”.
The road to success for Thomas Edison wasn’t that smooth either. He had been fired a couple times for his low productivity and had to fail 9000 times before finally creating the first electric lightbulb.
Jack London’s novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang are still avidly read by kids and adults. And on the start of Jack’s career he got rejected around 600 times before the publishing of his first story.
All of the above are the examples of great courage, hope and persistence. However bad it got for those people, they hadn’t given up their dreams. Instead, they worked even harder.
What helps to live through failure? First and foremost, tell yourself that making mistakes is OK. You make one, learn from it, and move on.
Secondly, if you’re scared of the word “failure”, just use something else, for example, “setback”. It’s not a failure, it’s just a setback, a temporary delay in the process. Then, think of all your decisions as experiments. It is not a final choice, it’s just an experiment, which can have either a positive or a negative result – and either one will be good. Got a negative result? That’s OK! Just make a conclusion, write down some notes on what to do and not to do next time around.
See? It’s not that hard after all. What you have to do now is start taking one step at a time towards your dream.