So, recently I received some disappointing news-not devastating, just a bit disappointing. I was a little discouraged at first, but with the help of mom and dad, I realized if every successful person gave up when times got rough, they wouldn’t be where they are today.
Michael Jordan used to sit on the bench on his high school basketball team. He was told that he wasn’t good enough to play basketball. Now: One of the best basketball players that ever lived and one of the most marketed athletes.
When Mariah Carey was first starting out, she couldn’t land a deal because she was told that she sounded too much like Whitney Houston, so she sang backup for Brenda K. Starr for a while. Now: One of the most influential female vocalists of our time and the only artist with the most number one singles after The Beatles.
Did you know that Oprah Winfrey was actually demoted when she was began hosting a little show called, AM Chicago? The producers told her to just be herself because there was no way she would ever be like Phil Donahue. Now: Best talk show host ever and one of the richest, most powerful African-American women in the world.
The point is that in life, you’re going to hit a few bumps in the road along the way to your success, but you shouldn’t give up because those moments, as difficult as they are, build character and make you work even harder. Use your failures as motivation to get to where you want to be in life.
In the words of Thomas Edison, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”