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Introduction There’s probably nothing more crushing than failing after you’ve given your all, your everything, to a project, a business, a relationship, or to life, in general. Just the thought of being rejected, of being declined, of failing, is a depressing thought. All the hours you’ve spent building up your strength, your knowledge, or your finances, all will have been for nothing. And it hurts, it truly does. But it’s not the end of the world, you know. Time and time again, if we study history, we’ll read about stories of people who’ve failed spectacularly. But, as you’ll read in this eBook, many of them have managed to overcome their failures by getting back up and learning from their mistakes.
You’ll learn inspiring stories of modern day heroes who’ve stepped up from the very bottom and risen to the pinnacle of success, power, and fame.
This eBook is meant to inspire you, and let you know that making mistakes and failing, no matter how catastrophic it may seem now, is not reason enough to give up.
If you’re in a bad situation now, lighten up. For as long you’ve got life in you, there’s no reason not to continue fighting for your dreams.
People have bounced back from natural and man-made disasters that almost cost them their lives. Surely, failing at something can’t compare to that!
By the end of this eBook, you’ll learn so many things about yourself, failure, and success. You may find it hard to believe now, but as the saying goes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Some tunnels may be longer than others, thus making you think its endless. But ultimately, you’ll reach the end, and you’ll have arrived at your destination.
Chapter 1 – Why Do People Fail?
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
Failure is a great equalizer. Rich and poor people alike will all fail at one time or another. From the littlest of things to the grandest of projects, the outcome will either be failure or success. With that said, is there a way we can not fail at anything? Look around you, remember your past, and tell me your answer. Do you know of anyone, or have you heard of anyone, who hasn’t
failed at anything? Someone who’s always had a hundred percent success rate?
To put it bluntly, I don’t think so. As humans, we’ve been failing and learning, since we were babies.
You probably don’t remember the things you did when you were a baby, but I’m sure you’ve seen how babies learn.
Trial and error is the name of the game when you’re a baby, which leads us to our first reason for why people fail.
Fear of criticism and rejection
Babies love to explore and experiment and try out new things. They have zero knowledge of how the world works, but they love it anyway. You can tell just by the way they move around with so much gusto!
Toddlers don’t think of themselves as failures just because they can’t run as fast as the next kid. Or they had a delayed start communicating with the people around them, long after other kids had started speaking complete sentences.
The point I’m trying to make is that babies aren’t afraid of getting criticized or rejected – they’re far too young to understand the concept.
But, when they start understanding the world around them, and their bubble of innocence bursts wide open, that’s when they’ll start fearing criticism and rejection.
If that unhealthy fear isn’t corrected while these kids are growing up, then they’ll end up as adults who will be boxing themselves into mediocre lives.
Adults who are too afraid to go out of their comfort zones, too scared to commit mistakes, because they know there’ll be people watching their every move.
It’s quite sad when you think about it. People who live like this are setting themselves up to fail big time. Unless they finally gather the courage to venture out of their comfort zones and commit to pursuing their dreams, they’ll never be successful in life.
Lack of ambition and enthusiasm
If you’re ambitious by nature, you’ll probably find it hard to believe there are actually people in this world who lack ambition. People who are satisfied with what they have, and who don’t have aspirations to be anything more.
Now, there’s obviously nothing wrong with being satisfied. What I mean to say is that if a wonderful opportunity presents itself to them, they won’t go for it because they don’t have the drive to excel and be something in life.
Even if they do want to grab the opportunity, they just don’t have the right amount of enthusiasm to succeed.
Ambition and enthusiasm go hand in hand. You can’t be ambitious and not be enthusiastic about what you’re hoping to achieve.
If someone tells you the exact ‘blueprint’ for succeeding in a particular business, then you have got to want it enough to succeed! You need to be enthusiastic about it.
You can’t give it a half-hearted effort and expect 100% success. If you don’t become successful, then you may even end up blaming the person who gave you the ‘blueprint.’
The truth is, you can’t succeed if you don’t give your all to anything.
Most people don’t get a so-called blueprint for success, they learn through trial and error just like babies do.
But when you factor in ambition and enthusiasm, you’ll be skyrocketing your chances for success!
Lack of self-discipline
It’s hard to succeed at anything if you don’t have the selfdiscipline to go after what you want. Mastering self-discipline doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a continuous process.
You have to be aware of what you’re doing at all times. You can’t give in to temptations and distractions and still expect success. No, it doesn’t work that way.
To master self-discipline, you’re going to have a healthy dose of self-control. You have to know and acknowledge your weaknesses. If you don’t, then you’re not going to know what you’re up against.