I failed.. but it's not the end of it.
April 12, 2008 2:08am CST
A discussion from moonastrid made me decide to share this thing about my failure in school. On my first semester as a second year college, I failed to pass the course Mathematics on Finance. I must say that I am not a good mathematics student that's why. But the main idea here is I failed because I am too lazy or maybe I lack the patience to learn the topic. And so, I am now here, will go on a summer class starting on monday. My first ever summer class ever since I got into school. I think that failures are not meant to destroy us but to mold us in the way we want to be. The most important thing is not about falling but in rising every time we fall. I gathered some informations about many successful and famous people around the globe and their stories of failures. I hope that you'll get inspired by them also :) Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Charles Darwin gave up a medical career and was told by his father, "You care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat catching." In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, "I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." Clearly, he evolved. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." ~Confucius Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was "sub-normal," and one of his teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams." He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math. Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded. "Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly." ~Robert F. Kennedy Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each cut from their high school basketball teams. Jordan once observed, "I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed." After Carl Lewis won the gold medal for the long jump in the 1996 Olympic games, he was asked to what he attributed his longevity, having competed for almost 20 years. He said, "Remembering that you have both wins and losses along the way. I don't take either one too seriously." "Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end result of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay." ~Eric Hoffer Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff. Charles Schultz had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Oh, and Walt Disney wouldn't hire him. "Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses." ~Rosalind Russell Charlie Chaplin was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because his pantomime was considered "nonsense." Decca Records turned down a recording contract with the Beatles with the unprophetic evaluation, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out." After Decca rejected the Beatles, Columbia records followed suit. In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him "hopeless as a composer." And, of course, you know that he wrote five of his greatest symphonies while completely deaf. "No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible." ~Baudjuin A Paris art dealer refused Picasso shelter when he asked if he could bring in his paintings from out of the rain. One hopes that there is justice in this world and that the art dealer eventually went broke. Van Gogh sold only one painting during his life. And this to the sister of one of his friends for 400 francs (approximately $50). This didn't stop him from completing over 800 paintings. When Pablo Casals reached 95, a young reporter asked him "Mr. Casals, you are 95 and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice six hours a day?" Mr. Casals answered, "Because I think I'm making progress." "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." ~Washington Irving Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college. He was described as both "unable and unwilling to learn." No doubt a slow developer. 15 publishers rejected a manuscript by e. e. cummings. When he finally got it published by his mother, the dedication, printed in uppercase letters, read WITH NO THANKS TO . . . followed by the list of publishers who had rejected his prized offering. Nice going Eddie. Thanks for illustrating that nobody loses all the time.
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14 Apr 08
way to go,e.e.cummings! LOL i would have done the same thing. yup.if you listen to your critics,you will never get anywhere.some people like nothing more than to see people fail,especially in the field you try out for.