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The Gift of Failure

October 7th, 2020 10:57 AM by Barbara Doeringer

Walt Disney has always been a favorite of mine, not because of his incredible talent and success, but because of all his failures and determination.  Most know the stories of his numerous rejections and financial disasters, but he never gave up and persisted in the pursuit of his dreams.   He could never have imagined the ultimate result of his endless ambition nor the fame and fortune connected to his name today.  

During these uncertain and turbulent times, we seem to be surrounded by failure in some form:   failed retail stores and businesses, failed government programs, failed investments, failed family solidarity and failed dreams.  Some even have hidden failures and suffer less from a sharp sense of loss than a chronic sense of disappointment.  So many have lost jobs due to no fault of their own and are terrified of the risk that comes with change.  

But to succeed from failure there must also be ambition, which is the soulmate to achievement.   Action is the matchmaker that brings these together so that sparks can fly to achieve the end result.  These are tough times and each one of us is terrified of failing.  But whether we risk it all or play it safe, we cannot avoid failure.  All past and future success begins with a risk.  Real strength and power comes from knowing we can survive.  

This is failure’s generous gift.  The worst thing that can happen isn’t failing.  It is never having tried.  Failure stretches us to experience growth and tread in new areas.  Change is inevitable and is certainly with us now.  In the midst of a pandemic, I have opened my own real estate company and have faith that with my past experience of 20 years and unblemished record, I will succeed.  But yes, there were failures along the way with invaluable learning experiences.  

As quoted from Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but the rising every time we fall.”  

Posted by Barbara Doeringer on October 7th, 2020 10:57 AM

Another great story of resilience and inspiration!! You're surely in your element Barbara!
Posted by Carol Miele on September 19th, 2020 11:20 AM


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