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Posted by Ifedayo Oshin on Thursday, March 6, 2014 Under: Feature Articles

Failure: The Secret of Success

Although the word failures is strongly attached to negative and unpleasant things, it is worthy to note that it is also attached to some of the successful people that ever lived. While I do not encourage failure, but I have realized as I will soon demonstrate, that one of the greatest recipe to success is the ability to fail. As John Maxwell puts, failing forward. Yes, there is something like that; to fail, and to fail again but, to fail forward, that is making failure experiences  learning as and growing experience. Let us consider some good examples:
Walt Disney was founder of the Walt Disney. He was fired by a Kansas City Star newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Many years later, The Walt Disney Company bought ABC which owned The Kansas City Star, the newspaper where he was fired for lack of ideas. The man who lost his job for lack of imagination and ideas would later be the creator of highly successful animation movie Mickey Mouse, and the founder of the Disney world- a multi-billion empire of merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world.

Thomas Edison was deaf at his early stage. He was considered too stupid to learn anything by his school teachers. Why because, his mind was often wandered in class and his teacher, the Reverend Engle, was overheard calling him "addled". He was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before he could invent the light bulb. Edison  developed many other devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the motion picture camera. He had 1,093 US patents in his name.

Oprah Winfrey was once fired as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV.” Maybe that statement was true at the time, but who is the queen of talk show in the US and even the world today? Oprah had to go through rape, rejection by her father, abusive childhood, and loss of an only child as well as many career setbacks. But she is one of the richest and most successful women in the world today.

Colonel Harland David Sanders, the founder of KFC had his now famous chicken recipe rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it. Now KFC is a franchise brand all over the world.

Somebody once to Elvis Presley that he cannot sing. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Shawazzenger were once rejected as actors for their poor un-American accent. F. W. Woolworth was told he didn’t know how to attend to customers.

Therefore, if you have ever failed or failing in one area of genuine endeavor or effort, then you are not alone. You are in good company of great achievers who failed, but learned to fail forward. If someone calls you a failure, or you think yourself a failure, common! It is not such a bad label. Your last failure is just a bump on your success road. You don’t want to stop now. Do you?

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