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“She was unable to pay her credit card bills for 26 years, moved 25 times looking for work, got fired 18 times,  worked 26 years before she earned an annual salary on $22,000. She occasionally lived on food stamps and slept in her car.” You’re probably thinking, “If this post is a ‘sayings about success‘ kind, why am I droning on and on about a woman who had so many failures?”

I’ll tell you why. The “failure” described above is of a well-known TV talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael. You see, despite all of her setbacks, she refused to give up her childhood dream of a career in broadcasting.

She was willing to keep failing … and keep failing … until she succeeded. Sally Jessy Raphael has earned millions of dollars and enjoyed a long and successful TV career. All because she kept a great attitude despite years of failures.


Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again - Henry FordClick To Tweet


These Failures Make Millions of Dollars

Let’s take the example of a professional baseball player. As it is today the player who gets just three hits in 10 attempts is at the top of his profession, making several million dollars a year. That’s a 70% failure rate! And the fans will no doubt taunt him when he strikes out.

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And speaking of baseball, there is nothing more exciting than watching a player hit a home run. During his illustrious career, Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs. What you may not know is that he struck out 1283 times in his career. That’s right, Hank had twice as many strikeouts as home runs. But, people remember Hank Aaron for the balls he hit over the wall and not for the pitches he missed.

When I ask you, to name the best basketball player of all time, who comes to mind? I’m sure that many of you immediately thought of Michael Jordan. He gets my vote too. Let me share with you the statistics –


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Michael Jordan has a career shooting percentage of 50 percent. In other words, half of the shots he took in his career were “failures”.

Of course, this principle isn’t limited to sports. We also know that show stars and media personalities are no strangers to failure. Many actors invest 11 or 15 years, enduring hundreds of rejections before landing a part that launches their careers. And then, even after achieving some degree of success, they still experience occasional box office flops.

It’s a story of Jerry Seinfeld, who did his first comedy gig at a comedy club in New York City. He bombed. When asked to describe that evening. He said, “It was pretty horrible. It was a terrible sinking feeling.” But he didn’t quit. He kept performing his stand-up routine at night. He had five very tough years. And then Johnny Carson invited him to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. It was a big hit … and on his way to an incredibly successful career.

In a nutshell, all these individuals realize that success, to a large extent, is a matter of persistence. That is, if you keep trying, keep developing yourself and keep making adjustments along the way, you’re going to succeed. You simply need to get enough at-bats … go on enough auditions … visit enough potential clients.


Success is about going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm - Winston ChurchillClick To Tweet


No Overnight Success

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Another example of someone who endured years of failure is a movie start, Harrison Ford. In the mid-1960s, Ford sought acting jobs. He had little early success, but the film executives told him that he lacked “star quality.” He had to give up acting and started working as a carpenter because he had troubles supporting his family. Then someone introduced him to George Lucas. George gave him a part in the 1973 movie, American Graffiti. A few years later, Lucas cast him as Han Solo in Star Wars, and Ford was on his way to super-stardom.

So, when you get right down to it, there is nothing as “failure” – there are only results, some more successful than others. Failure doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end of the line and that success isn’t possible. The only time success is impossible is when you quit. Quitting is final. But continued attempts, with commitment and diligence, can be turned into success.


So what more can we discuss about sayings about success? These people are the real-life examples that failure helps you achieve greater success.

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