If at first you don’t succeed…
When I first visited the College SA website, and found out that I could enrol for a course even if I did not have Matric, I was surprised. My past experiences have taught me that the world does not have patience with those who don’t get it right the first time. With actors, actresses, singers, sports stars and successful business owners now becoming famous at younger ages, people are starting to expect instant success. This makes it tough for those who take a little longer to find their feet.
However, there are still those who believe that the key to success is not to look at your failures, and not to disqualify yourself from the race to success.
I have been inspired by stories of famous people who kept on trying in spite of the fact that the odds were against them:
- J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers before she got her big break!
- Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, tried to sell his (now famous) chicken recipe and was turned down 1009 times before he got a yes!
- Albert Einstein only started speaking at the age of four, while most children start talking at around the age of one. He only started to read at the age of eleven. We now know him as the Nobel Prize-winning master of physics.
- Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and failed at his first attempt at business – his first company, Traf-O-Data, took a nose dive. He then started Microsoft and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.
- F. W. Woolworth started off by working at a dried goods store where he was never allowed to wait on customers, because his employer did not think that he had enough sense to do so. Today, anyone who has been to Woolworths knows that there is plenty of sense in his business strategy and customer care.
- The Beatles were rejected numerous times by record labels, but they kept knocking on doors. Knowing what we know now, it is hard to believe that anyone ever turned down such great music.
- Walt Disney (now worth billions due to movies, theme parks and Disney products) was fired from a newspaper for “lack of imagination”.
So, if you have been out of school for a while, and have resigned yourself to a life of cheering for others, you should know that it’s never too late to step up to the challenge and to pursue your dreams. Some say if you can dream it, you can achieve it, but I think that sometimes just pressing on and putting one foot in front of the other will get you to places that you could never even dream of.
Don’t let your circumstances get in the way of your dreams – I think that if you want something badly enough, and you are willing to take the first step, the rest will follow.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default”