When you doubt, your mind believes what you feel and think and you will start to program yourself that your dreams are impossible to achieve.
Failure typically motivates you to try harder so that you succeed the next time you attempt to reach your dreams.
Doubt can sidetrack from your objectives. This can cause you to turn down the wrong path, or even to give up entirely.
When you fail, you become strong. And you make it one step closer to your goals. If you keep moving forward you WILL eventually succeed at reaching the prize.
Doubt this? Check this out:
*Henry Ford: Failed and fell broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
*R. H. Macy: Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
*Soichiro Honda: Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job after interviewing for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time. He started making scooters at home, and only started the Honda motor group after being spurred on by his neighbors.
*Akio Morita (founder of Sony): Morita’s first product was a rice cooker that burned rice. It sold less than 100 units. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
*Bill Gates: The Harvard drop-out’s first business venture was a massive failure.
*Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken. His famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
*Walt Disney: Was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. His first few characters and movies were box office flops but he kept plugging along, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
*Albert Einstein: Did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.
*Robert Goddard (father of liquid fuel rocket technology): Was rejected and mocked by his scientific peers who thought they were outrageous and impossible. Today rockets and space travel are a normal part of our society.
*Isaac Newton: Failed in early school and at running the family farm. He only became a success after his uncle sent him off to Cambridge where he finally blossomed into the scholar we know today.
*Thomas Edison: Was told by teachers that you are “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. And as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
*Orville and Wilbur Wright: Battled depression and family illness. Attempted to run a bicycle shop but veered towards experimenting with flight. After numerous attempts at creating flying machines, several years of hard work, and tons of failed prototypes, the brothers finally created a plane that could get airborne and stay there.
*Winston Churchill: Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
*Abraham Lincoln: Went to war as a captain and returned as a demoted private. He started numerous failed business and was defeated in every political office run until he became president.
*Oprah Winfrey: Endured a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.”
*Harry S. Truman: Truman started a store that sold silk shirts and other clothing–seemingly a success at first–only go bankrupt a few years later.
*Jerry Seinfeld: The first time the young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.
*Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.
*Sidney Poitier: After his first audition, Poitier was told by the casting director, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”
*Lucille Ball: Was a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn’t feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession. She, of course, proved them all wrong.
*Harrison Ford: In his first film, Ford was told by the movie execs that he simply didn’t have what it takes to be a star.
*Marilyn Monroe: Had a rough upbringing and was told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary.
*Oliver Stone: This Oscar-winning filmmaker began his first novel while at Yale, a project that eventually caused him to fail out of school. This would turn out to be a poor decision as the the text was rejected by publishers and was not published until 1998, at which time it was not well-received. After dropping out of school, Stone moved to Vietnam to teach English, later enlisting in the army and fighting in the war, a battle that earning two Purple Hearts and helped him find the inspiration for his later work that often center around war.
*Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “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.”