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Famous Failures – Do These Remind You Of You?

When we are looking for inspiration we often look at people who are successful, high achievers, great leaders, charismatic or people who we admire. Instead of being ourselves, just being us, we often seek to duplicate what others have done to seek personal fulfillment.

But no-one has achieved any modicum of success without first being an absolute failure. No-one! Each young baby needs to fall on its face before it learns to walk. It is the same with everything.  I don’t think you can become a great gardener unless you see something die from neglect, over watering, lack of watering, lack of compost, weeds strangling, slugs and snails eating the fleshy green shoots, over crowding, sowing at the wrong time of year, not protecting against frost. It is part of the learning curve. Failure gives us lessons. It helps us learn what doesn’t work.

I am sure you have heard the story behind the Thomas Edison’s light bulb invention after failing many times to create a commercially functional light bulb he said:

“I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” REFERENCE The World Bank. 1994. World Development Report 1994: Infrastructure for Development. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press…”

Other famous failures include the following:

I am a failure! Yes, it is true. I have failed many, many times. I can’t tell you how many times I have sent out emails that weren’t opened, written blog posts that nobody read, had a sale at my finger tips only to see if fall at the last hurdle.

I ran a marathon but failed to meet my time target. I lost faith and courage in the English Karate Final – and only won a silver medal.

Too many bad business decisions about MLM and Network Marketing Opportunities over years but I still believed in the business model. Now I enjoy a good income from my Network Marketing Business – not MLM by the way. It took me a long time, but now I can be sure of a good financial future due to my efforts and developed skill.

Here are some more famous failures for you to consider:

Abraham Lincoln: While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (if you’re not familiar with military ranks, just know that private is as low as it goes.) Lincoln didn’t stop failing there, however. He started numerous failed businesses, went bankrupt twice and was defeated in 26 campaigns he made for public office.

J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels, she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.



Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it. He learned not to fear rejection and persevered.

Ludwig van Beethoven: In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. In fact, his music teacher told his parents he was too stupid to be a music composer.



Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. The rice cooker was the object of scorn and laughter by the business community.  This did not discourage Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.



This should give you hope. That you CAN succeed!

Now, my guidance is this:

Don’t dream outside your ability. If you can’t sing, don’t dream of singing opera or reaching the dizzy heights of winning X Factor! Just be YOU! Be yourself. Use the inspiration from the people I have mentioned in this post, that they failed before they succeeded, to set new goals – but make sure you have set yourself achievable goals. By all means be unrealistic by your “normal ” friends standards,  but don’t expect to be a classical music composer if you are naturally tone deaf!

BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE! That may be with a successful online business – I think that is realistic for everyone personally. May be you wish to set new health goals, new spiritual goals – all these are achievable. Being close to God, having a healthy lifestyle is achievable for everyone!

You might want to write a book! Everyone can write a book. Your book may be strictly for you and your family or it may be of a quality to be published… but heck, you can write a book if you set that as a goal!

If you are a blogger like me , you might set yourself a goal to get so many subscribers or search visitors. I do that… and hey, when I started this blogging malarkey, I never imagined how many people check out my blogs. I just write what I think and people read it. Amazing! You are reading this right? That is cool that you are. I hope I am helping you in some way.

There are many online stories about people earning millions of dollars with very little effort! It isn’t true! Don’t believe them. Most network marketing opportunities and internet marketing opportunities give you the capacity to earn $100’s a month… some you can earn $1000’s a month. But none of this can be earned without working hard on your skills and knowledge and applying effort daily – even if it is just for a few minutes each day.

I believe you CAN earn a HIGH 6 FIGURE INCOME with my opportunity. In fact I know you can because so many people are doing it. And you could too….. and you could do this with other business opportunities also… but you won’t do it until you believe you can, that you are happy to fail before you succeed. That you believe in you and are happy to be you. A successful you who has overcome the hurdles placed before you.

Settling on a method that works for you is important. And that is where the trial and error comes in. Finding your way.

I have a background in Martial Arts. We were taught to follow a Way. Bruce Lee had is Way – The Tao Of  Jeet Kune Do. There is Bushido – The Way Of The Warrior. Karate Do is the Way of the Empty Hand. There were all sorts of Ways. Way of this, way of that. But the secret of success as a martial artist is to have your own Way. You can’t copy exactly what your teacher does in a fight or a competition. In then end , it is you on the mat, not your teacher. The courage is yours, the mental awareness is yours, the technique is yours. Your technique is honed from practice – and yes, your teacher has shown you everything he knows – but it is YOU that has to apply it if you are to win the fight.

It is the same with internet marketing. You can learn stuff. You can be taught stuff. But it is you that needs to apply it and modify it all to suit you and your personality.

So….. here is the thing… learn stuff, apply stuff and accept the occasional knock back. But don’t give in. Keep going. Do your best. Have faith in YOU…. and let yourself achieve what you dream you can.

Remember what Goethe said:

“What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it! / Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”

Contact me if you would like to work with me toward a successful future:

Peter Chapman Enagic® Distributor 4042560

Tel: 00 44 7823 772234

Skype: petechapman


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One Response to “Famous Failures – Do These Remind You Of You?”

  1. Pearly Quah says:

    Hi Pete,

    Your post is very inspirational. Thank you for the reminder.

    I believe that failure is nothing negative when one cares to look into the possible reason that caused one to fail. It can turn into big success when oneself believe in an idea and keep working to improve it. Finding ways to improve on each failure can be a blessing in disguise.

    Thank you again for sharing such an excellent post, Pete. Everything you mentioned above is crucial to success and I will remember it ! :-)

    Cheers !
    Pearly :-)
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