It is impossible to live without failing at something. Unless you live so cautiously that you might well not have lived at all; in which case you J have failed by default – J K Rowlings

Our perception of failure determines how we move on from them. If you see failure as a life teacher, then you can learn from them and move on. If you see failure as a death sentence or a yardstick for measuring your worth as a person, then you remain stagnated, mediocre and may possibly never fully maximize your potentials. There are lessons to be learnt from failing;lessons that will be of tremendous relevance to us in the future. We really fail when we refuse to try again.

I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work- Thomas Edison

Failure is an essential human experience. Understanding this truth will change our perception of failure. A baby while learning to walk falls countless times in the attempt to walk. Will because a baby falls while learning to work make the parents to conclude that the baby will never walk? Of course not. Why then should we view life failures any different? Here are some inspiring failure stories of some great successful people that persevered despite the failures they faced and today. They are celebrated by many and their stories inspire plenty.

WALT DISNEY, the brain behind the billion dollar franchise, Disney World, and a winner of 22 academy awards was fired as a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. Can you believe that? Don’t let other people define you.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, the Nobel Prize winner and the man believed to have changed the face of modern physics. He did not speak until the age of 4 and did not write until he was 7 years old. His parents and teacher believed he was mentally handicapped and therefore was eventually expelled from school.

CHARLSE DARWIN, the famous biologist behind the theory of evolution was told by his father that he was “ordinary and with intellect below the common standard

THOMAS EDISON, the great inventor famous for invention the electric light bulb was fired from two jobs for being “unproductive” and was labelled “stupid” by his teachers.

OPRAH WINFREY, the African American billionaire and a famous TV host was a victim of abuse as a child and was fired as a television reporter because “she was unfit for television and was too emotionally involved in her stories”. The same attributes turned her into the queen of television talk show celebrated and looked upon by countless people.

JK ROWLINGS, the author of the Harry Potter series and one of the richest women in the world today was once clinically depressed, a penniless single mother living off welfare and was rejected by 12 publishing houses.

JAMES DYSON, the founder of Dyson Company while inventing his dual cyclone vacuum cleaner spent 15 years creating 5,126 versions that failed before he made the one that worked.

STEPHEN KING, the author of the novel “Carrie” which has over 350 million copies sold and movie adaptations that were hits actually grew frustrated while writing the novel that he threw it away the entire draft. His wife found it in the trash and returned it to him.

These stories reiterate the fact that failure is a stepping stone to success. What failures have you experienced that has left you depressed, frustrated and unwilling to try again? Hope this inspires you to keep trying.

You build on failure, you use it as your stepping stone – John Cash

If you can learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost – Zig Ziglar

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