Be more afraid to quit, than to fail; this has been my life’s motto. I view failure as a great achievement, something that should be held with pride and dignity. A Person willing to take a chance and try something that was unsuccessful, these actions take a great amount of courage and belief in yourself, a willingness to step outside the box. Keeping in mind of course we are not judged by our failures in life but only our success. The second and most important elements of this course, is a willingness to keep moving forward. Not try, or quitting on the other hand is something that I’m embarrassed to discuss. However, I will tell you that there have been incidents in my life where I didn’t step up. Instead of trying to step up to being larger-than-life, I shrugged smaller than mouse.
Just because you’ve tried something and weren’t successful at it, does not mean that you are a failure. It simply means you have gained the knowledge and learned something that will not work. This should be taken as a life lesson, move forward, re-assess, and execute your plan again.
Walt Disney filed bankruptcy numerous times; Col. Sanders was 64 years old, flat broke, and driving around the country pitching his fried chicken recipe to any restaurant owner that would listen. It was reported that he went to over 1000 restaurants and was told no, until he realizes the missing ingredient to his fried chicken recipe was plain table salt. After he made a slight adjustment in the recipe, the next 10 restaurants he went to, all bought a franchise.
If Col. Sanders would’ve quit after 999 people had told him no, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) would’ve never come into existence. Often times we’re doing 99% of it correctly, all we just need to do is make slight adjustments, and tenfold our results. After you break the code, then reapply those adjustments and re-execute your plans. Failure is the name of the game, quitting never should be.