It’s another happy Monday! It’s funny because like most people, I used to dread Mondays…the beginning of another week; another week I had to get through at a job that I eventually dreaded going to. I wish I knew then what I know now – that I was in choice. I wish I knew then that I was choosing to allow the circumstances to overtake and define who I was.
And this is why I started this Motivational Monday series: to inspire you to make the best of any situation. My hope is that these posts give you a renewed sense of confidence in the person you are, or who you want to become. Use Mondays as your motivation to try again.
When I tell you, there’s no such thing as an “overnight” success, please believe it. I saw a quote last week that said: “Don’t judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.” And for someone like the Miss Jessie’s brand who is a pioneer in the natural hair care industry, it’s easy to see where they are now and think how “lucky” and blessed they are. Blessed, yes, but luck had nothing to do with all of the hard work – eighteen years to be exact – that both she and her late sister, Titi endured to get to where the business is today.
They had failures along the way. They had to sacrifice a lot. But what would’ve happened if they had given up after even the first try? Do you know how many now famous entrepreneurs have failed numerous times before we even knew who they were?
I’ll share some:
- Michael Jordan was rejected from his high school basketball team as a sophomore
- Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book was refused by 27 publishers
- Thomas Edison failed one THOUSAND times before finally inventing the light bulb
- Oprah was fired from her job as a TV reporter because she was seen as “unfit for TV”
- Steven Speilberg was rejected from a prestigious film school three times
- James Dyson went through 5,126 prototypes before discovering the 5,127th one that worked!
I could go on and on. But the fact of the matter is: no one reaches the level of success that these individuals have reached (and beyond) without experiencing failure. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they decided they were going to try again…and again, and again.
So the next time you feel like giving up, or you think something isn’t happening fast enough, make the decision to have courage and try again. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.
What inspires you to keep trying despite what circumstances may look like, or despite how discouraged you might feel at times?