Saturday, October 29, 2011

Failure is Not an Option!

I had some amazing teachers as a child who inspired me. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Hayes immediately comes to mind. Oh, how I loved that woman. She was kind and patient, guiding and directing the 30 impressionable lives for the 9 months she had us. We learned how to add and subtract, all about the World in Social Studies and how to write in Cursive. But we learned so much more from Mrs. Hayes. We learned trust and responsibility and that honesty was the best policy. I'll never forget Mrs. Hayes or that feeling when she would have me collect the milk money each morning. It was good to be so young and trusted to do an important task.

The famous people below overcame that feeling of failure and reached for the stars. They struggled with disappointment and criticism, but somewhere along the way in spite of discouragement... they excelled.
Abraham Lincoln, former US President first went into politics at the age of 23 when he campaigned for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly and failed. He then opened a general store which failed after only a few months.


Harry S. Truman, former US President was rejected by the US Military & Naval Academies due to his poor eyesight. At one point he was a clerk in a newspaper mailroom, and also an usher in a movie theater.

Michael Jordan, the most famous name in basketball was actually cut from his high school basketball team.

John Wayne - Before his successful acting career he was rejected from the United States Naval Academy.

Steven Spielberg - This household name dropped out of high school and applied to attend film school three times but was unsuccessful due to his C grade average.

Beethoven - His music teacher once told him that he was a hopeless composer.

Babe Ruth - This baseball legend struck out 1,330 times.

Henry Ford - The Ford Motor Co was Henry Ford’s third business, the first two didn’t work out.

Winston Churchill - This former British Prime Minister did poorly in school and had a speech impediment in his early years.

Walt Disney - He was fired by the editor of a newspaper for lacking in ideas.

Soichiro Honda - The founder of Honda was turned down for an engineering job by Toyota after World War Two.

Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita - These two were the founders of Sony, but one of their first products was an electric rice cooker. They only sold 100 or so of these cookers because they tended to burn rice rather than cook it.

Charles Darwin - His father told him he would amount to nothing and would be a disgrace to himself and his family.

Albert Einstein - He learned to speak at a late age and performed poorly in school.

Thomas Edison - As a boy he was told by his teacher that he was too stupid to learn anything.

John Grisham - This best selling novelist’s first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses.

Isaac Newton - He failed at running the family farm and did poorly in school.
Henry Ford said,
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

7 comments:

  1. My second grade teacher had an enormous influence on me as well. His name was MR.Hymgardner.Not only was he a kind and patient teacher, but he once said something I never forgot, just a simple compliment, loud enough for me to hear. He was walking behind me in the hallway alongside the Principal and he said to her ,"That's Jeri, she's a very good artist!" I know he wanted me to hear this, I was very shy and insecure. I never forgot the boost it gave me.

    We all have failures in this life, it is what we learn from them that makes all the difference. Hopefully, it makes us stronger and wiser. Many of the people you mention above are my heroes, Lincoln, Churchill, Walt Disney and Beethoven.The world is a better place because THEY persevered.

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  2. Good post...I remember a teacher too that was so good to me. I think it takes a loving heart to make a good teacher. :D

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  3. I wish my memories were as good as yours! I remember my second grade teacher was one of my favorites, but danged if I can remember many reasons why.

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  4. Well that's encouraging. There's still hope for me yet!

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  5. That was a very interesting an informative post. I learned a lot.

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  6. I'm always telling my sons that everyone makes mistakes or has things they wish had happened differently. What separates the "boys from the men" is whether you push on after learning something from the experience.
    Nice post!

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