I am a collector of quotes and inspiring stories. I see a quote that speaks to me and I write it down. I figure it saves me the trouble of having to think that one up myself.
I have a friend who often posts quotes as his Facebook status. He changes them up by making them personal and funny, which always puts a smile on my face.
Here is a quote that has its roots in the Bible but has been attributed to many, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” This alone is proof to me that is it good to use other people’s words.
I gleaned a bit of information this week about someone who is near and dear to my heart. This person, I was told, thinks himself a failure. I was surprised to hear this self-assessment. I do know of a rough time in his life but we all have those. To be a failure is to stop engaging in life. This man is no failure.
“People who achieve their dreams usually experience a lot of failures along the way, but they don’t let failure get the better of them.” John Maxwell. Failures are temporary, isolated events; simply a part of the process.
I recently read that to be a success you have to make time to think. That’s a scary thought and explains a lot of things! If thinking were easy then everyone would be a success.
“Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievements.” Claude M. Bristol. Plato said “Take charge of your thoughts”, which has its origins in the Bible as well.
I guess I took this failure thing a little personally. I have tried many things and they have failed. It is hard to separate the act from the person, especially when you are the person who committed the act that failed. I am in great company. i.e. Colonial Sanders, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and the list goes on. I take comfort in the fact that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who are cheering me on.
Today I will brush the dust of failure off my shoulders and continue on, and I hope my dear friend will do the same.