Quote Of The Week – 31 – 2016
About How To Never Give Up
“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas Edison
Sometimes it is hard to admit failure and we immediately start to doubt in ourselves. We give up easily and think that we are not worthy of the success that we so much deserve. Failing means also to be tested on how badly we want something. How much are you really investing in changing your life? Do you really do enough for your dreams and your self-development?
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What it means for me
In another famous quote Thomas Edison says it this way:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Leaving your comfort zone
Failing means that you are trying to succeed and success starts at the end of your comfort zone. This is the moment when you will start failing sometimes and make mistakes.
In Hebrew the word sin translates to miss the mark. If you have sinned then you have missed the mark (“miss take”). Therefore, a mistake is something to be understood and to be corrected.
Mistake: Giving Up or Course Correction?
When a missile is flying into the orbit it has certain coordinates that it has to reach. On the way there the missile has to take hundreds of course corrections to reach its goal. This course correction is what we refer to as “miss-takes”. Having your goal in sight you will be ready to accept necessary course corrections that might become unavoidable. You realize that you are drifting away and need to get back. Without a goal this would hardly be possible.
Know your goal
By setting your mistakes and failures into relation to your goal, you will know what to do to stay on track. Without a goal you would see them as something that offends your intelligence or ego. You may try to ignore the mistakes and talk them out of existence. This denial will cause even greater problems, that finally may stop you pursuing your goal. This is when you give up.
So whenever you feel like this again, think of one of the greatest inventors of all time and see how many times he “failed”.
Every time you think that you tried everything, do this:
Look at this website. I basically just started out and do all kind of mistakes and sometimes it is hard to keep going and staying motivated, especially in the beginning. Fortunately, I found a place where I can learn how to build a website for free and get all the training that I need. This is how I started to live my dream.
I also realized that I made a mistake to call my first titles in this series Quote Of The Week, which I am going to change from now on. So whatever you are doing, be flexible and ready to adapt if necessary. The moment you learn something from your mistakes they are no longer something holding you back.
Who said it
I think everyone heard of Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931), the inventor of the light bulb. But there is so much more what he did. He was holding 1,093 US patents in his name and founded 14 companies, including General Electric.
Interesting to me is that he attended public school for 12 weeks and was taught at home later. He developed a process of self-education that served him throughout his life. He was deemed to be difficult by his teacher, hyperactive and prone to distraction.
Just look at the current school system where students have to fit in being “a good student”. I believe that this causes most of the people losing their creativity and true potential. We are literally programmed to behave and think as deemed properly. If you want to know a way that helped me to reprogram my beliefs you can read more about it here.
Want to train your willpower?
This is what I am doing to not only train my willpower but to train my body as well. Doing body exercises on a regular basis will help you to get in shape, train your willpower, be more happy, increase your level of concentration and focus. It is never too late to start…
photo credit: Richard Walker