By Peter G. James SinclairSuccessLessonsFrom Professor Failure
Failure has become a faithful friend throughout the years. Early on in my life I thought failure was mymortal enemy. But life’s experience has taught me that Professor Failure is on the academic staff of mypersonal University Of Success that I attend. He is a vital necessity for my training, in order to becomesomeone who will reach his full potential, and even go beyond what he personally thought possible.
I have learned to ask a simple question of my professor after every failure, ‘What is the most importantlesson that I can learn from this mistake?’ Those lessons then become the building blocks for thesuccess I have experienced to date, and the success that will accompany me for the rest of my days.So please allow me to share with you just 5 lessons that Professor Failure has taught me about success.
Lesson # 1 : The Importance Of ObsessionYou have to break free of mediocrity and be obsessed. It must resemble a burning desire, a fieryambition, something that keeps you up at night and wakes you early in the morning. It’s the thing thatif you don’t do it, while you’re alive on planet earth, it just won’t get done. It’s your unique mission andcontribution. It’s your executive orders issued to you by the General of the Universe to complete.
Wishy-washy, directionless human beings have filled our graveyards for centuries. But may I challenge you to step out from amongst that company and be the extraordinary human being that you were created to be, and make your mark. Let the personal graffiti of your life be plastered on every door post, declaring, ‘I am, I was, I conquered.’
Others may call you weird, strange, out ofthe extraordinary, single-minded, and one -eyed. But it is the obsessed of this worldwho have brought us the motor car, flight, freedom, the Internet, Facebook, and somuch more. They have changed our world. So be obsessed and be a world changer.
Lesson # 2 : The Need For PersistenceI recall the time when I’d written my first book and was about to self publish it. My first book saleyielded me more than $100,000. At the time I was filling shelves at our local super market. Evenbefore I knew that I had made that sale I continued to work late nights and early mornings with ajoy in my step. I made it a point to be the best shelf filler in that organization. Why was I so happy?
Because I knew that I was born to succeed. Sure, failure had knocked me down on a number of occasions throughout my life, but I was destined to succeed because I understood the power of persistence. And that persistence paid off. And what joy success was when I handed in myresignation and invited some of my shelf- filler buddies to my first book launch.
Lesson # 3 : The Necessity Of The DreamWithout a dream and without a vision you are nothing but a lifeless void. Dreams are not just forthe confines of your sleeping hours. Dreams should be the invaders of your waking moments.Upon these dreams, for a better future, are based our hopes, and at the same time they’re thefuel that will drive your productivity and the profitability in everything you do.
My dream is the guiding compass thathas carried me through packing shelves, cleaning houses and factories, mowing lawns, publishing books, being CEO of my own web design company, businesscoaching, professional speaking and now being the owner of multiple businesses. Peter G. James Sinclair
I have never been overly concerned as to what I did, but rather how I didit. Happiness has accompanied me as much while cleaning toilets as it has conducting board meetings. Why? Because of the dreams planted firmly in my heart and mind.
Lesson # 4 : The Vitality Of A PlanWithout an architecturally designed plan a builder cannot build a structurally sound house. Sotoo for life. You must take out some time to construct a plan for your life. For as someone oncewrote, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’
Let me simply share 6 points in brief that Napoleon Hill – the author of Think and Grow Rich - wrote wayback in 1937.1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. Be definite as to the amount.2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not,to put this plan into action.5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the timelimit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money and describe clearly theplan through which you intend to accumulate it.6. Read your written statement aloud twice daily, once just before retiring at night and once arising inthe morning. As you read – see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
Lesson # 5 : The Power Of FaithAny great man or woman, who has ever lived, has had to pass through the refining fire of failurein order to rise as the Phoenix – to become those whom we call successful. Faith sees things asthey are not. So it is during the periods where things seem impossible and insurmountable thatfaith is provided the perfect platform for development.
I wanted to live a life of influence. I wanted to help those who may currently be in the depths of despair, depression and debt – and yet through my words lift them up so that they too can beinstructed by Professor Failure and rise and obtain ‘High Distinctions’ in the University of Success.
So that is my call to you today. Do not allow failure to destroy you. Use failure rather to buildyou, to transform your character, crystallize your dream, and transfix your determination tosucceed through the power of persistence and the fortitude of faith. This is your greatest hour.Grasp it with both hands and be the butterfly – and fly, fly, fly.
Failure doesnt mean you are a failure... it just means you havent succeeded yet. ~Robert SchullerThank You Very MuchSompong Yusoontorn