As driven individuals, we are determined to succeed, and meet every goal we set. But the truth is, that sometimes, our plans do not go according to our plans. This can look differently to everyone. To builders waiting to hear back from their tender, to a start-up company awaiting on their R&D grant to a freelance writer finding it more difficult to land local work than expected.
Things can quickly change direction and when that does happen, we need to adjust our course and not give up
Things can fall apart on us, and more often or not we can just stick up our hands and say “Well, that wasn’t meant to be”. Not to sound cliche but some of the most successful stories in business stem from failure. Take these examples of entrepreneurs who could've quit but chose not too.
Arianna Huffington got rejected by 36 publishers.
One of the world’s most successful publishers was given many reasons to quit her dreams and give up.
“We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success.” -Arianna Huffington
Walt Disney was told he lacked creativity.
One of the most influential artists the world has known would have been justified to stop dreaming and creating. I’m personally very happy that Walt Disney pursued his dreams and didn’t listen to his critics. Just imagine all the people you haven’t even influenced yet. Don’t stop when the going gets tough. Often when it becomes difficult is when you will start to succeed.
“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” - Walt Disney
Henry Ford failed his first few automotive companies
Henry Ford started and failed numerous automotive endeavours. One of his companies failed so miserably by producing low-quality cars that were overpriced for consumers. If Henry didn’t take more chances and redesign his cars, he probably would have always wondered what could have happened it he just gave himself a couple more chances to succeed.
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right." -Henry Ford