EVERY GENIUS COULD HAVE BEEN A “FAILURE”
Posted by Michael Platino | Jan. 23, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Every successful person is someone who failed, yet never regarded himself as a failure. For example, Wolfgang Mozart, one of the geniuses of musical composition, was told by Emperor Ferdinand that his opera The Marriage of Figaro was “far too noisy” and contained “far too many notes.” Artist Vincent van Gogh, whose paintings now set records for the sums they bring at auction, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Thomas Edison, the most prolific inventor in history, was considered unteachable as a youngsters. And Albert Einstein, the greatest thinker of our time, was told by a Munich schoolmaster that he would “never amount to much.”
I think it’s safe to say that all great achievers are given multiple reasons to believe they are failures. But in spite of that, they persevere. In the face of adversity, rejection, and failings, they continue believing in themselves and refuse to consider themselves failures.
No matter where I fail or how many mistakes I make, I don’t let it devalue my worth as a person. As the saying goes, “God uses people who fail… ‘cause there aren’t any other kind around.”
Like many people, you may have a hard time maintaining a positive mind-set and preventing yourself from feeling like a failure. But know this, it is possible to cultivate a positive attitude about yourself, no matter what circumstance you find yourself in or what kind of history you have.
LET YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE, NOT CIRCUMSTANCES OR PAST FAILURES, DETERMINE HOW YOU VIEW YOURSELF.