Failure Is Your Motivating Friend

Never quit, because if you do you will have failed just before you become a success.

Good day, good people.

For devotees of the English language. A bolide is a shooting star.

Sir James Dyson is a bolide, figuratively speaking of course. He is an industrial designer in England. Dyson founded the Dyson Company and invented the Dual-Cyclone bag-less vacuum cleaner. He made 5,127 prototypes which did not work — failure. So, he failed 5,127 times before he got it right. He is definitely my hero. A perfect example, if there is such a thing, of a goal fed by motivation which breeds with tenacity to produce success.

Venture capitalists do not want to invest money with an entrepreneur, or his or her company, unless he or she have failed and learned from it. Good idea, right? Right.

Hurdles and impediments are placed in your path toward your goal to determine how much you want it. Your reward for not receiving your goal is — experience. Wisdom is defined as a combination of experience and knowledge.

If you have a dream, goal with motivation, quitting is not an option, because if you do, you have quit just before you have become successful — ask James Dyson. Think about how must dirtier your house would be without him.

As the story goes, there was a writer who had written eleven books. He could not find a literary agent for any of them and they were not published. He wrote a twelfth and again could not find a literary agent. He thought he was a failure as an author. Finally, he did find a lady, a literary agent, living in North Carolina. She got the book published in 1992; it was called The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. The novel became one of the best-selling novels of the twentieth century and sold over fifty-million copies worldwide. It was made into a motion picture with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Then all eleven of his previous books were published.

As the story goes, Debbi Fields the founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries, was having dinner with her husband and mother-in-law. She asked her husband to loan her fifty-thousand dollars to start a business, making and selling fresh-chocolate chip cookies every twenty minutes. Her mother-in-law said, “Why would anyone buy your cookies when you can get them at the super market?” Her husband loaned her the money, and she opened a store front in Palo Alto, California. She baked her cookies and no one came in to buy. She took a cookie sheet directly from the oven, went onto the sidewalk in front of her store, and started giving the cookies away. A few years later she sold ten percent of her company for one hundred million dollars. She has since sold the company, but is still the spokeswoman.

Do not consider failure. If you have a goal and it has a hold on one end of the leach and the other end is attached to an aggressive-junkyard dog called Motivation which is pulling you toward success, keep up with it.

Do not allow the naysayers, friends and relatives or literary agents who reject your queries to deter you. Never believe you are a failure. Put their rejection forms which includes: “ … not for me, but I wish you luck with other agents” on the spike and get on with it, remember Sir James, Robert and Debbi.

What is your thought on having a goal, motivation and tenacity?

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