Failed Once, Fail Again?

September 23, 2012 Comments Off on Failed Once, Fail Again?

Leadership – Often attributed for being characteristics of inspiring, innovative, creative, successful people. With the greatest of leaders being written down for their stats, accomplishments, and other notable marks to society that sets the standard of how good of a leader they are.

However, the greatest mark of any leader is the ability to fail and get back up. The ability to stay their course when everything else is in shambles and isn’t looking the way they envisioned it to.

Nolan Nawrocki once wrote about draft hopeful Cam Newton “He does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room. … Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”

When Walt tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927 he was told that the idea would never work– a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women.

As a child, Einstein seldom spoke. When he did, he spoke very slowly – indeed, he tried out entire sentences in his head (or muttered them under his breath) until he got them right before he spoke aloud. According to accounts, Einstein did this until he was nine years old. Einstein’s parents were fearful that he was retarded.

We come to know and love some of our planets most inspiring leaders for their accomplishments and ability to succeed, but very seldom to we realize what they went through to get there. Everyone wants to succeed as a leader, but nobody is willing to go through what it takes to get there.

So what’s the moral of the story?

No matter what you’re going through, no matter who is putting you down, or just how vague your life may seem- don’t give up hope. Don’t give up on yourself, your goals, your dreams, or your visions for the world of tomorrow. Because at the end of the day, each and every person has the ability to be a leader, an innovator, but they have to be willing to fail.

Nobody will ever be able to take away everything that you are inside, don’t ever let anyone take away the passions of your heart because they are the only thing worth getting up for at the crack of dawn- they are what makes you tick and what keeps you tossing in bed at night because they are your God given destiny.

 

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