How many times do we need to make an effort at doing something before we finally succeed. I remember when I was building my first house. I didn't know anything about laying block and the blockwork was needed to complete the basement and the garage. I didn't have a truck so I transported five huge solid concrete block in the trunk of my car many times. The car couldn't hold any more block because they were too heavy and the back of the car would sink and hit the wheels. The first block I had to lay five times to get it set the way I wanted. Each additional block was incredibly difficult. It took a lot of learning and a lot of mistakes to finally finish both the basement and the garage. Although it took an incredible amount of persistence, over time I developed the skill and learned to really to enjoy the work. Sometimes our failure is that we don't even attempt to take on a challenge that is important to us because of our fears related to failure. So what is worse, not trying to begin with, or making mistakes as we learn to develop our ability. I have taken on many building related tasks in my life. One personal Just as I am almost finished one project another project grabs my attention. I know it is an issue for me, however, I have been frustrated at times, and even resentful that the people who criticized for me for not finishing something, were the same people who would not take on a major challenge themselves because they were afraid of failure. Sometimes we are hypnotized into believing that we can't do something and as a consequence have no confidence in ourselves. Whether it is someone else's voice or our own voice inside us, it is not worth listening to and needs to be challenged. It has been said that that Thomas Edison's teachers tole him that he was to stupid to learn anything. It seems to be true that he had a difficult time holding down a job. It is reported that he made 1,000 attempts before he successfully invent the light bulb. I would be curious about his internal struggle and how that battle played out in his mind. Beware of the critic! It is the one on the inside that is most problematic.
Failure a Prerequisite to Success
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