Success is mostly failure

Think a minute…A wise, respected man said: “Success is mostly failing.”  What we often do not know about the world’s most successful people is how many times they failed before they finally succeeded.

Successful people never stop learning from their mistakes and failures. As a world-famous entertainer put it: “If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.” 

This is the true story of a man who when he was 22-years-old failed at business. The next year he tried for public office in government and lost, so he tried at business a second time, but failed again.

Then at age 25 he made yet another attempt for government office, and this time he won. However, the following year his fiancé died and at age 27 he had a nervous breakdown. 

In the next seven years he tried for government office three more times and lost all three times! Three years later, at age 37, he tried again for government office and finally won; but only two years after that he lost yet another time. In the next 10 years, amazingly he tried two more times for the United States Senate and lost both times.

Then he even tried for vice president and lost that too. Finally, two years later, at age 51, he was elected President of the United States. Today, he is considered by many to be the greatest president in America’s history. This is the true life story of Abraham Lincoln.

Failing should make us better, not bitter. It helps us learn something that does not work, so the next time that we try we are that much smarter! When you fail and make mistakes, you need the inner strength and courage to keep going so your life’s disappointments don’t make you stop short of becoming all you can be.

Only Jesus can help you use your failures and disappointments to make you much stronger and wiser to reach the true success He created you to have—both personally and professionally.

Won’t you ask Him to take full charge of your character and career from this day forward? Just think a minute… 

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