Thursday, August 27, 2009

Failure Is A Golden Opportunity! - By Catherine Pulsifer

To assure that you will never experience failure:
· don't take a risk,
· don't attempt anything new,
· don't expand on your ideas,
· don't set goals.
Never to do any of these things actually guarantees you will fail. In effect, to never experience a failure limits our learning and our growth.

Why? We can learn from every failure. Failure is a golden opportunity to start again with more knowledge than we had before. To quote Henry Ford, "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."

The most important element in the failure equation is your personal commitment to keep trying. Many times when I was ready to quit, I would remember Thomas Edison's quote, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Don't give up on your dreams because of one unsuccessful attempt!
More food for thought:
"Successful people see alternatives and are willing to try different ways. People who only see failure are unable to see another way and give up to easily."

"If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try -- you don't take the risk."

"Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure."

"Each failure to sell will increase your chances for success at your next attempt."

The Art of Happiness...

The ingredients of happiness are simple that they can be counted on one hand...
Happiness comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy ones' self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It cannot be bough; indeed money has very little to do with it.

No one is happy unless he is reasonably well satisfied with himself, so that the quest for tranquility must of necessity begin with self-examination. We shall not often be content with what we discover in this scrutiny. There is so much to do, and so little done. Upon this searching self-analysis, however, depends the discovery of those qualities that make each man unique and whose development alone can bring satisfaction.

Of all those who have tried, down the ages, to outline a program for happiness, few have succeeded so well as William Henry Channing, who wrote the following:

"To live content with small means;
to see elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never;
in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common."
It will be noted that no one can do this for you; you must do it for yourself.