Allow a lot of failure, and you’ll meet a lot of success ~ Mélanie Hope
This long weekend, I had the pleasure of watching a commercial – quite by accident. I’ll have to admit, I never though I’d write the words “pleasure of watching a commercial” in my life, especially one that aired on American TV. Surely, those heart-warming and great message commercials you see must only come from Thailand or Korea…
Of all the commercials out there, the one that caught my attention with the message that needed to be heard was one by Gatorade. Have you seen it?
My personal story contains a lot of failure, and a story that isn’t often told.
This isn’t a feel good commercial, the kind that is shared on Facebook or other social media sites. It’s not a tear-jerking, inspirational viral hit. It’s a raw, deep message; a universal one that many of us would rather not face. Defeat and hardship is the catalyst that forces victory and success.
Athletes featured here are just the most obvious versions of success we have in modern day life; an athlete’s success or failure is measured in milliseconds, quarters of an inch, ounces, or blinks of an eye. The success vs. failure method for an athlete is inspected by millions of fans, replayed by dozens of TV stations, and analyzed and scrutinized by everyone that has any sort of say in their sport.
The message above is 100% true for athletes and businessmen alike, even if millions of eyes aren’t on you, and analysts getting paid millions of dollars don’t critique every move you make.
My personal story contains a lot of failure, and a story that isn’t often told.I left my home town, my family, and a life that was boring but safe about 17 years ago, and threw it all out there to meet that special someone across the country. Not the smartest or safest of plans, but a move nonetheless. Less than a week went by before I was broke, homeless, and stranded. Embarrassingly, I had to stay in someone’s basement for a few months – someone I barely knew – in order to get back on my feet.
Fast forward 2 years. I’d had a child, I spent some more time homeless, and I had a hard time with finding meaningful employment. I was fortunate enough to find a job with a temp-service, which parlayed itself into working a fairly new technology at one of the internet’s more prominent websites at the time, Overstock.com.
That drive to keep from ever becoming homeless and unsure of where my next meal was drives me to this day. It’s why I took a risk, another chance, and started a company… which promptly failed. A year later, a second company was born, and an idea and identity have grown. Will it fail? Time will tell, but I know one thing. I embrace any result that comes.
I used to be afraid of failure, but I’ve learned that each one of those failures ultimately propelled me further in life, brought more fire and more passion, and more dedication and more inspiration. I am eager to get through failure now, because success is so much sweeter when done through adversity.
Get through your failure. Get through your adversity. Your next challenge will be fueled and powered by your feelings now, and you’ll be stronger and better for it.