Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. -Dale Carnegie
You are invited to devote five minutes of every morning to the quiet, intensely energetic and believing assertion made in the depths of the soul:
“I now belong to the successful class. I am a success.”
The statement should be repeated slowly and deliberately, again and again, until you feel yourself ready for achievement. Ignore every contrary suggestion or conviction. Don’t argue against appearances, but welcome every favorable thought. Don’t try to believe what you say. Willfully assume that you believe.
Repeat this affirmation during the day, whatever your occupation, regardless of conditions. One month may be sufficient, or you may need to observe the exercise many weeks, but ultimately you will find yourself possessed of a new spirit.
This is an excerpt from The Power Within: Discover the Secrets of Success Magnetism. Thousands of people just like you are already using it to experience amazing results in their lives.
Ask people why they have been successful. Their answers will be filled with personal pronouns: I, me, and sometimes an occasional we.
Ask them why they failed and most will revert to childhood and try to distance themselves. Like the kid who says, “My toy got broken…” instead of, “I broke my toy.”
They’ll say the economy tanked or the market wasn’t ready or their suppliers couldn’t keep up. They’ll say it was someone or something else. When distancing yourself, you can’t learn from your failures.
Occasionally something completely outside your control caused you to fail, but most of the time, it’s you. And that’s okay.
Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most have failed a lot more often than you. That’s why they’re successful now!
Embrace every failure. Own it, learn from it and take full responsibility to ensure that next time, things will turn out differently.
If you heat water to 211 degrees it will be very, very hot. If you go just a little bit further and get the temperature to 212 degrees, something happens. The water begins to boil.
Are you willing to go that little bit more? You’ve come this far. You’ve worked so hard. Everything screams that you’ve already given it your all. You’re tired. You’ve worked so hard, but it’s not enough.
Can you reach deep inside and find the strength for another attempt? One more try and you might finally get it. Are you going to finish this or what?
Can you push it just one degree to reach the boiling point?
If you think your age is the reason you aren’t able to go after your dreams, you are wrong! Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages.
1) Helen Keller became deaf & blind at the age of 19 months, but that didn’t stop her from becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard & violin and started composing at the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote The Diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci, a Romania gymnast, scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a Superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a Piano virtuoso by age 23.
13) Issac Newton, at 24, wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record.
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the Theory of Relativity.
16) Lance E Armstrong was 27 when he won the Tour de France.
17) Michelangelo created the two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28.
18) Alexander the Great had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world by age 29.
19) J.K.Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript for Harry Potter.
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind.
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest (highest mountain in the world.)
23) Martin Luther King Jr was 34 When he did the speech “I Have a Dream.”
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32 ) and Wilbur (36), invented and built the world’s first successful airplane. When they made the first controlled, powered flight, they proved that heavier-than-air human flight was possible.
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died. He was virtually unknown at the time, but his paintings are worth millions today.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and was 49 when he wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas.
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years when he became President of the United States.
32) Henry Ford was 45 when the Model T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote The Hunger Games.
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became President.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought McDonalds and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote The Cat in the Hat.
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived.
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken.
42) J R R Tolkien was 62 when The Lord of the Ring books came out.
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the United States.
44) Jack Lalane, at age 70, was handcuffed and shackled and towed 70 rowboats.
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 When he became President.