No matter what, it seems so much easier to fail than to succeed.
That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? I get the sentiment behind it but let’s face it, a lot of us get discouraged when ideas or plans don’t go the way we’d thought they would. To be honest, the temptation to feel that way seems insurmountable. It makes us think that we should not embark on anything we set our minds to.We get frustrated,angry or upset after every FAILURE, every MISCALCULATION, every WRONG TURN that happens…
It’s because we believe in what we’re doing, even when it feels like no one else does. Also, there usually is no one else who is a fired up as we are about what we’re trying to accomplish! Then as time goes on, we fight for a glimmer of hope that the project will be done. However, sometimes the minutes turn into hours, the hours turn into days, the days turn into weeks, and then months, and then…….
There is this classic example of a famous inventor who probably felt that way. Thomas Alva Edison. Ever heard of him? Mr. Edison tried at least 1,000 times to create the first commercialized light bulb. Imagine the long hours, the thoughts of “This is it!This will work!” and then…….nothing. No light coming from the wire be cause the wrong type of metal was used, or light comes but then goes after a few minutes, or the light is too bright or too dim- or, or or, or, or, and or!
The light bulb as we know it is born!
You see, I believe that Mr. Edison had a vision. He saw a light bulb in every single room in a house for America and around the world. He saw dark rooms be transformed by the power that is in each bulb for the aid of those in that room. No one else has seen the vision, but he did! That vision helped him get through the 1,000 tries it took to get to try number 1,001. Because he never gave up, because he had sewn in the time, the frustration, the patience, his vision is alive and the entire world has a chance to live that vision.
You probably have a BIG idea in your head right now, don’t you? You have dreams and goals that you know will benefit the world, but you just can’t seem to get that first step right, can you?? What if the only key that you are missing is PERSISTENCE?? One motto that many successful entrepreneurs go by is to fail and fail often until you fail no more. Think about it! How many successful entrepreneurs (that you know of)have not failed at least once or twice before starting their business? And what about after they have started it?
Jeff Bezos started Amazon.com back in 1994. That is 24 years ago. Amazon is the leading retail giant in the world and has made Bezos a $124B man. That business has employed 563,100 employees from around the world. It’s revenue for 2017 is $177.9 Billion. However, it would be insane to think that Jeff and Amazon was on smooth sailing since July 5th, 1994. Setbacks had to happen. Problems were run into. Solutions needed to be made.As a result of the persistence of the company?Well, the prior numbers speak for themselves. I have always used this thought to motivate me to do difficult things:
If it is difficult, it does not mean that you shouldn’t do it. It just means that it is difficult.
Just because you have ran into a challenge DOES NOT mean that your quest for a great invention, product, company, or whatever needs to stop! It just means that you need to re-evaluate some things, brainstorm a bit, and get the train rolling again. Your hard work will pay off. In fact, an old Hebrew proverb declares it:
“Idle hands make one poor; but diligent hands bring wealth”-Proverbs 10:4
So don’t quit. If you are working on something that is wholesome, wealth-building, and beneficial, don’t quit! Keep working on it! Be persistent, and fail until you can’t fail anymore!