Failure: an Ingredient of Success?
In 2008 at a commencement address at Harvard J.K. Rowling spoke of the value of failure. We all know her story. Wikipedia reports that she “progressed from living on benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years.” Twelve publishing houses rejected her first manuscript! When the following year a publisher did accept her work he advised her to get a job, saying she’d never make any money writing children’s books. It’s got me thinking about this thing we are tempted to call failure.
Although my story is far from finished, clear-sighted hindsight would suggest that I for one must credit failure for delivering me to the very [wonderful] place I am today. Let me explain.
My Bachelor of Arts Degree failed to give me the tools to secure adequate employment so I started a calligraphy business. As computers began to replace my skills, I got involved with essential oils which inspired the creation of Terra Cotta Pendants. When Terra Cotta Pendants began to experience a slump due to the recent economic downturn I found a business coach, Bryan Cromlish. At one of our first meetings I said to him, “Bryan, I’d like to know out how to work smart instead of hard.” He thought long about it before making the suggestion that we start a blog.
I’m finally putting that Bachelor of Arts English Major to proper use and I’m loving it. What if I fail at this? LOL Then that failure will put me in an even better place, though I can’t imagine what could be better than being here. It seems failure may just be the inspiration (inspiration, boot in the rear; seems they are one and the same) that pushes me in the right direction. Every time.
Failure seems to have a staring role in every success story. Every highly successful person has a long and winding trail of failures behind them. Do you? Have you had an experience with failure in your life which put you on a better path?
photo credit: Mark Wainwright