Make it Your New Year’s Resolution to not Fail This Time!
Happy New Year! What’s on your resolutions list? Gym membership? Diet? Less television and more study? Well, have you also planned your failure resolutions list? How many days you’ll allow yourself to not go to the gym and let yourself play video games for two hours? Your cheat day favorite meal? The TV show you will definitely binge watch the moment it drops?
Many of us venturing into a life change of any kind are devastated by our first failure. And many of us are devastated to learn there will be more. Many more. Not just the little ones, like a donut while on a no-carb diet. Huge ones, like getting fired, failing a course, or injury learning a new sport.
However, it has been proven that success is a product of failures, big and small. We learn from our failures. Our persistence through obstacles is what gives us the strength to maintain continued success. We go through hundreds of no’s to get the yes we need. It’s not just okay to fail. Sometimes it is inevitable.
Don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at some examples.
Today, Steve Jobs is known as an icon in computer technology. Steve Jobs lived to be the master of what is arguably the most important industry of our time. But he was once known as the man fired from his own company. In 1985, the Board of Directors at Apple fired Steve Jobs. It was a low point in Jobs life and he worked very hard for many years to not only succeed on his own, but also return and create the Apple empire we know today.
Oprah Winfrey started as a news anchor and was fired, being told she was not meant for television. Now dubbed the Queen of Media, Oprah is a generous billionaire with her own channel and magazine. Her own words say it all: “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”
Michael Jordan, famed basketball legend said, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Learning from his failures, Michael Jordan’s self-determination took him to become 6 time NBA champion and 5 time NBA MVP and 4 time NBA All-Star. Everyone has many opportunities to succeed. One only needs to allow the opportunity to fail.
If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.
Do not let your failures define you. Your failures are your life learning lessons and your tools to succeed, if you choose to use them to your advantage.
LA ORT has been the starting point for many graduates who chose not to let life difficulties and past failures to distract them from their career goal and eventually to embrace success.
With the start of the New Year, let LA ORT chart the path to a new and exciting career, and to help you make failures remain in your past and not in your future.
The following video “Famous Failures” speaks to the power of Determination, Focus and Will Power.
It’s time for a new beginning, it’s time to call a LA ORT Advisor today! Contact one of our colleges in Los Angeles or Van Nuys. We offer many student services and financial aid packages that can help you find your dream job. LA ORT has programs from business and digital media to medical office management and pharmacy technology administration.