Thursday, October 22, 2015

We Have To Try

"But everyone fails…everyone! JK Rowling’s manuscript for Harry Potter was rejected 12 times, while Dr. Seuss’s first manuscript was rejected 26 times. Abraham Lincoln lost many more elections than he won. Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her first job as a news anchor. Our children fail at something almost every day too. What matters most is how we respond to failure. Do we give up, or do we get up and try again?"

It is really hard to face failure. Parents want to shield their children from the hurt they face when they fail. But failure is what makes us stronger. If we always succeeded, we might not find something better. Life is not like that. There is failure faced every day because everyone can’t get everything they want all of the time.

Failure is a way to learn important lessons. One of the most important lesson we learn is that we have to try. We have to keep trying and never give up.

We can fuss and throw tantrums but usually that doesn’t get us anywhere. The only way we can achieve success is if we move forward. If our actions cause us to stand still or go backwards, we will never achieve success.

If something doesn’t work, we don’t just stop trying. We need to look at alternatives or maybe think about our original goal. We might need to change how we are doing things or maybe we need to change our goal. By failing, it gives us a chance to reevaluate our actions.

Sometimes trying means asking for advice or getting other people involved. We do not always have to do everything by ourselves and there is no shame in working with others.

Sometimes we need to remind each other that we need to keep trying. It is easy to convince myself to give up but it helps when someone else believes in me and encourages me to keep trying. I need to be this person for other people too. I need to be willing to give someone a hand up because I want someone to be there for me too.

How do you encourage others to keep trying? Please share.

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