17 March 2014
Often in life, it seems you have to experience some pain before you reach your goals. I think it’s the impetus behind the success of many great people in history. Think of the huge number of now well-known people whose ideas were rejected first time around – Henry Ford, Bill Gates, even Walt Disney who went from failure to failure before finally making it, and making history.
Pain comes in many forms though; a lot of people were spurred on by the hurt caused by someone else telling them they weren’t good enough. Apparently, Thomas Edison’s teachers told him that he was too stupid to learn anything. I think it’s fair to say he proved them wrong!
Many of us experience a lack of belief from others in our younger years and it’s a crying shame, as this lack of belief gets dragged into adulthood. However, if you use this hurt and turn it into a desire to achieve, a flame to light the fire inside you, then you can use it to achieve your goals.
So don’t ever give up on your dreams too easily. It took Edison 1,000 failed attempts to successfully invent the working light bulb. Imagine if he’d have given up. Sometimes all it takes is one more try with an approach you haven’t taken yet for the puzzle to be solved.
Have you used pain to push you forwards?