June 20, 2003.
We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
Im sure youre familiar with the old expression, If somethings worth doing its worth doing right. Theres no doubt about it; if youre going to do something, you should always strive to do it the very best you possibly can. The relentless pursuit of excellence should always be your calling card.
But in order to do something right, chances are pretty good that youll have to do it wrong first. In fact, youll in all likelihood have to do it wrong a number of times before you finally get it right. And its that getting it wrong that scares some folks right down to the bone.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Where would we be today if Thomas Edison had thrown up his hands while attempting to invent the electric light bulb? But Mr. Edison, to his credit, refused to give up or give in, always trying it one more time until he got it right.
Edison shrugged off his repeated unsuccessful attempts, simply stating that he had successfully found 10,000 ways that didnt work. By continuously trying it one more time, he eventually lit up the rest of the world.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
The ability to stick to it and stick it out through thick and thin, even as those around you toss in the towel, separates the real winners from the pretenders. I believe that F. Scott Fitzgerald summed it up best when he said, Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
You are never defeated as long as you have the courage and fortitude to stick with your game plan. When you train yourself to resist the temptation to quit or give up, especially when you have found what seems like 10,000 ways that do not work, you have the makings of a true champion.
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
The fact of the matter is that most people literally fail their way to success. You can take any of the most successful people you know and chances are great that they have failed many times on their road to stardom. But instead of allowing temporary defeat to overtake them, they simply tried and tried and tried some more until they got it right. And so should you.
You may not get it right the first time or even the second time. But sooner or later, if you persist and continually refine your approach, youll eventually get it right too. The third time may be the charm or if youre like Thomas Edison, it may take the 10,000th time to get it down pat. The main thing is to never allow your mistakes or missteps to get you down. When you develop the tenacity to keep trying, always bouncing back until you succeed, you'll discover that two or more wrongs eventually do make a right.
So maybe, just maybe, we should amend that old saying to this: Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong right now.
The Bottom Line: If at first you dont succeed, dont worry about it. Just keep on plugging and youll eventually get it right.
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