Make Failure and Frustration Your Friends: A History Lesson
By: K. StoneWe all experience failure and the subsequent frustration. But how you handle thosetormentors makes all the difference in your final outcomes. Oftentimes the peak of frustration comes right before a major breakthrough. That’s if you don’t quit. So don’tquit! Instead use the energy behind that frustration to break through to a new level of strategy. Make failure the friend that brought you to breakthrough’s doorstep! Letfrustration be the energy that propels your leap across the chasm!What follows are several success stories from history where failure was a frequentcompanion throughout these great people’s lives. Let’s all take some inspiration fromtheir stories.
Failed in business in 1831. He was defeated for the legislature in 1832. He failed in business again in 1834. Hi beloved, Ann Rutledge, died in 1835. Had a nervous breakdown in ‘1836. Was defeated in election in 1838. Defeated for Congress in 1843,1846, and for a third time in 1848. Lincoln was defeated for Senate in 1855, and defeatedfor Vice President in 1856. In 1858 he was defeated for Senate. And finally in 1860 hewas elected President!
Built 1800 prototypes until he created the first light bulb. He was one of America’s most prolific inventors, and he was granted 1,093 patents by the U.S. Patent office, includingmotion picture cameras, the phonograph, and the storage battery. But his inventionsincluded such failures as a perpetual cigar, furniture made of cement, and a flyingmachine.
Alexander Graham Bell
Bell invented the telephone, and yet he found it difficult to secure a major backer. In thesame year he patented the telephone, 1876, Bell tried to sell exclusive rights to thetelephone to Western Union, the leading communications company at the time, for $100,000. William Orton, Western Union’s president, declined the offer, saying: “Whatuse could this company make of an electrical toy?” The rest, as they say, is history.
Herbert is the author of Dune, the epic science-fiction tale. The book was rejected by 13 publishers with comments like “too slow,” “confusing and irritating,” “too long,” and“issues too clear-cut and old fashioned.” But Herbert was persistent.
went on towin the two highest awards in the science-fiction writing and has sold over 10 millioncopies.