About twenty years ago, Time magazine described a study by a psychologist of people who had lost their jobs three times due to plant closings. The writers were amazed by what they discovered. They expected the people being laid off to be beaten down and discouraged. Instead they found them to be incredibly resilient. Why was that? They concluded that people who had weathered repeated adversity had learned to bounce back. People who had lost a job and found a new one twice before were much better prepared to deal with adversity than someone who had always worked at the same place and had never faced adversity.
It may sound ironic, but if you have experienced a lot of failure, you are actually in a better position to achieve success than people who haven’t. When you fail, and fail, and fail again—and keep getting back up on your feet and keep learning from your failures—you are building strength, tenacity, experience, and wisdom. And people who develop such qualities are capable of sustaining their success, unlike many for whom good things come early and easily. As long as you don’t give up, you’re in a really good place.
—The Difference Maker
IT MAY SOUND IRONIC, BUT IF YOU’VE FAILED A LOT, CELEBRATE.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
- A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
- A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
- I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
- Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
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