We all stumble in life. Failures can crush you emotionally and physically. Many will even enjoy and laugh at your expense and offer destructive criticism. I call them haters and Barack Obama has good way of emotionally adjusting himself when such things happen..(see video below)
But after my hard failures i too realized that it is a bitter potion to success. After all success is going from failure to failure without loss in enthusiasm- Churchill.
Here are 10 hidden blessings to cushion rejection, losing and failure.
1. You’ll clarify your passions.
Many of us struggle with decision making. Folks with creative energy typically have their hand in multiple pies. But even a jack-of-all-trades knows there’s a limit to how thin you can spread yourself. Often, failure and losing result from diminished passion. You'll realize you weren’t as passionate about that project as first thought. The pruning effect is a positive. As you clear your plate a little, you'll make more room for what really excites you, and direct your energy toward that. Focused energy is when you’re most effective. Failure gets rid of fluff.
2. You’ll uncover new skills.
Remember when George Bush nimbly dodged that shoe aimed at his head? Nobody thought he had the skill to do that. And I suspect neither did he. Until that moment.
Facing challenges and enduring a loss compels you to gather up resources and develop skills beyond your arsenal. In cases of “hysterical strength,” where people lift vehicles off someone trapped, it’s the negative situation that creates the spike of adrenaline needed to act beyond one’s capability.
Negative experiences cause us to respond in ways beyond what we thought possible. The obstacle beckons to be overcome. To rise to the occasion, there needs to be an occasion.
Success to many means to make a billion, have a big house and be rich and famous. Well, all those superficial achievements mean nothing to others. Yah, you guessed it right! im not about that american dream. Success to me means helping a billion people, adding smiles to the faces of a billion people. It means to leave a great legacy and better future for the next generations to come.
Dalai Lama rightly puts it in his talk.
Meaning of a Successful Life
We all know from recent news that 99% of scientists agree that climate change is the greatest threat to humanity. The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not we believe in it.(neil tyson). There is unequivocal evidence regarding its presence and threat to humanity. It is time we start divesting from the natural resources sector and start investing heavily in research and development of alternate sources of energy.
Fortunately, great minds like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and even oscar deserving DiCaprio have sprung into action.
Here is a snippet of Elon Musk,CEO of Tesla (where i currently work!) talking about the scale of the problem.
The question is: What will you do?
If you are an engineer, stop working for oil and gas companies. If you are investor, divest from oil and gas companies. If you are a scientist, start researching into alternate energy resources. If you are a teacher, inspire your students to do so :)
I'm a thinker, dreamer, doer and a strong follower of stoicism. I have a passion to learn and apply that to make the world a better place.