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Defeat The Fear Of Failure

Jan 25th 2011 at 7:43 AM

Failure! What do you feel when you think about failure? Inadequate? Unworthy? Unlovable? It is so sad that you might have learned to link failure to your value as a person. Most people who are successful in their work and their relationships have experienced many failures along their road to success. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric bulb, is often quoted regarding failure: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." "I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." "Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." "Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure." If Edison has been afraid of failure, or believed that failure meant he was inadequate, he would never have invented the light bulb! In order to achieve success in any area of your life, you need to redefine failure. Instead of seeing failure as an indication of your inadequacy or lack of worth, you need to see failure as a stepping-stone to success. Some of the most financially successful people experienced repeated failures. - Walt Disney was a high school drop out who suffered bankruptcy and repeated financial and business disasters. - Milton Hershey, chocolate maker and founder of the famous Hershey Foods Corp., found success only after filing for bankruptcy for his first four candy companies. - Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy for the first car company he started. He didn't succeed until he started his third company, Ford Motor Company. - After P.T. Barnum, American showman, went bankrupt, he joined forces with circus operator James A. Bailey to found Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth. - Quaker Oats went bankrupt three times, as did Wrigley from Wrigley's Gum. Pepsi-Cola went bankrupt twice. Other famous companies that also went bankrupt are Birds Eye Frozen Foods, Borden's, and Aunt Jemima. - Albert Einstein did poorly in elementary school, and he failed his first college entrance exam at Zurich Polytechnic. - Winston Churchill had a lifetime of defeats and setbacks before becoming prime minister of England at age 62. All of his greatest accomplishments and contributions came when he was a senior citizen. - Sir Laurence Olivier, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, tripped over the door sill and fell headfirst into the floodlights the very first time he had ever set foot on the professional stage! - Woody Allen flunked motion picture production at New York University and the City College of New York and failed English at NYU. - Astronaut Ed Gibson flunked first and fourth grades. - Lucille Ball was once dismissed from drama school for being too quiet and shy. If these successful people had been afraid of failure, they would never have offered the world their talents. They were able to go on to success because they saw failure as a learning opportunity rather than as an indication of their inadequacy. You too, were created to SUCEED! No matter what your current situation is right now, you can turn it around and become the champion that God created you to be. If you don't believe that it's possible from the earlier examples, consider these individuals if you are familiar with biblical stories: Noah was a drunk, Isaac was considered a day-dreamer, Moses had a stuttering problem, and Abraham was thought to be too old. Jacob was called a liar, and Joseph was abused. God still used them to become something better than they originally saw themselves. You have to understand that you have something on the inside of you greater than you can even fathom! You have a plan of prosperity well being planned in advance for you, the only qualification is for you to expect it and walk into it in faith. If fear of failure governs your life, you will never get to enjoy these promises that God has allotted for you! I encourage you to change your concept of failure. I want to encourage you to let go of your old way of seeing failure and start to envision failures as learning opportunities on the way to success. Just as Thomas Edison did, I encourage you to see every failure as a step forward! God Bless and Good Luck in your Endeavors, Reco McDaniel EPN Co-Founder President & Chief Executive Officer

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