Don’t Be Afraid To Fail!

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Why is it, when we read about the great achievements of successful men in sports, or business, we are seldom told about their failures? For example: we now read of the amazing record of the immortal Babe Ruth, with his unapproached total of 714 home runs; but another unapproached world’s record of his is carefully buried in the records, never to be mentioned – striking out more time that any other player in history. He failed 1330 times!

Are you discouraged by your failures? Listen! Your average may be as good as anybody’s. If you fail to find your name on the list of makers-good, don’t blame it on failures. Examine your records. You’ll probably discover the real reason is lack of effort. Not enough exposure. You don’t give old man law of averages sufficient chance to work for you.

Whatever your calling may be, each error, each failure is like a strike-out. Your greatest asset is the number of strike outs you have had since your last hit. The greater the number, the nearer you are to your next hit.

 

Frank Bettger

Overcoming Fear

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I have never met anyone who really likes losing money. And in all my years, I have never met a rich person who has never lost money. But I have met a lot of poor people who have never lost a dime -investing, that is.

The fear of losing money is real. Everyone has it. Even the rich. But it’s not having fear that is the problem. It’s how you handle fear. It’s how you handle losing. It’s how you handle failure that makes the difference in one’s life. The primary difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they manage the fear.

Failure inspires winners. And failure defeats losers. It is the biggest secret of winners. It’s the secret that losers do not know. The greatest secret of winners is that failure inspires winning; thus, they are not afraid of losing.

Robert  T. Kiyosaki

Principles of Service

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  1. An absence of fear of the future and of veneration of the past. One who fears the future, who fears failure, limits his activity. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.
  2. A disregard of competition. 
  3. The putting of service before profit. Without profit, business cannot extend. There is nothing inherently wrong about making a profit. Well-conducted business enterprise cannot fail to return a profit, but profit must and inevitably will come as a reward for good service.
  4. Manufacturing is not buying low and selling high. It is the process of buying materials fairly and, with the smallest possible addiction of cost, transforming those materials into a consumable product and giving it to the consumer. Gambling, speculating, and sharp dealing, tend only to clog this progression

Henry Ford


Double your Rate of Failure

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The author Arthur Gordon once approached Thomas J. Watson Sr., the founder of IBM, and asked him how he could succeed faster as a writer. Thomas J. Watson, one of the giants of American business, replied with these profound words:If you want to be successful faster, you must double your rate of failure. Success lies on the far side of failure.

The fact is that the more you have already failed, the more likely it is that you are on the verge of great success. Your failures have prepared you to succeed. This is why a streak of  good luck seems to follow a streak of bad luck. When in doubt, “double your rate of failure.” The more things you try, the more likely you are to triumph. You overcome your fears only by doing the thing you fear until the fear has no more control over you.

Brian Tracy

A Fifty-cent Lesson

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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.

Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes man, the easiest and most logical thing to to is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of men do.

Mor than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known, told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach. A FIFTY-CENT LESSON IN PERSISTENCE.

Napoleon Hill