Following up from the previous post, Great Artists Steal, the question asked in the end is; would you rather fail on an epic scale at something you are passionate about or accomplish mediocre success in something you can’t care less about?
Let’s say you are solving a multiple-choice question in an exam and you select a letter; B. You have 25 % chances of being right but if you eliminate the other three answers as being wrong, your chances go up to 100 % by eliminations.When it comes to facing obstacles in your life, failures constitute the elimination technique that could raise your chances of success. A failed friendship shows you what you don’t want in a friend, a failed business venture shows you what you shouldn’t be doing in the next venture….what failures do is give you the magnifying glass to help you scrutinize your process so you can streamline them and perfect them the next time around.
Failures also act to measure how badly you really want something, because everybody wants to be successful but not everybody is persistent enough to see something to the end. As Calvin Coolidge says, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.”
So the next time you feel down because you feel like you weren’t born with a specific talent to make you succeed in what you really desire to succeed, remember three words; “Keep on going…”