Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Most success comes after numerous failures
Angry Birds, the best-selling Apple App was software maker Rovio’s
52nd attempt at successful software in 8 almost-bankrupt years.
James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes before perfecting his
revolutionary Dyson vacuum cleaner.
WD40 lubricant got its name because the first 39 experiments failed. WD-40 literally stands for “Water Displacement–40th Attempt.
The basic difference between successful people and the rest of us
is that they’ve learned to fail well.
They humbly embrace their mistakes,
They use their failures as opportunities to learn
They persevere until each shot got them nearer the bullseye.
Apple founder Steve Jobs ascribes his success to reevaluating
his life after three setbacks: dropping out of college, being fired
from the company he founded, and being diagnosed with cancer.
Steve Jobs never let failure define him. As a result, he really did change the world.
Steve Jobs said
if there’s a failure you’ve had to leave behind –
or better yet, is there a failure you’re in right now
you need to salvage some things from,
then you let it go, and refocus on the future
Michael Jordan said:
I have failed over and over and over again, and that is why I succeed.
The American chess master Bruce Pandolfini, who trains many young
chess players, said:
At the beginning, you lose – a lot. The kids who are going to succeed
are the ones who learn to stand it. A lot of young players find losing so devastating they never adapt, never learn to metabolize that failure
and to not take it personally.
But good players lose and then put the game behind them emotionally.
Philip Schultz wrote a book of poems about his writing failures.
Entitled, Failure, it won a Pulitzer prize!
David Murray noted:
We have to learn to fail well
We need to have realistic expectations of ourselves and our work.
We shouldn’t soar too high on success, then we’ll not sink too
deeply on a setback.
We shouldn’t resent or envy the “success” of others,
We shouldn’t get caught up in trying to imitate others.
We should diligently and patiently labor in our pursuits
We should gradually develop our talents and skills
We should put God first.
We should live for God’s glory
We should live for the good of others.
We should confess our failures
We should seek our Lord’s forgiveness
We should pray for His re-directing guidance.
We should emerge from our failures humbler
We should let our failures make us
weaker in ourselves but stronger in God
We should ask for God’s wisdom
We should allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength
In all that’s crumbling around us and even in us
We should deepen our dependence on Jesus
Only God can transform our ugly failures into something
profitable and even beautiful.
After serval reads through the Bible,
I’m convinced that failure is the best thing that can happen to us.