Failures Behind 10 Success Stories

Failures Behind 10 Success Stories

Failures Behind 10 Success Stories

Relative Theory
Albert Einstein was thought to be mentally challenged as a child, and a teacher told him he'd "never amount to anything."

"If it wasn't for disappointment, I wouldn't have any appointments," went the old song from They Might Be Giants. Perhaps that rings true for you, as you question why you're not reaching the career heights you once envisioned. Well, cheer up. You could point to virtually any great success story in business, technology, sports and American culture and find a slew of significant setbacks leading up to winning moments. To illustrate this, workplace expert Nan Russell has come up with the following list of great achievers who encountered early failures. So the next time you're hitting your head on your desk because you can't do anything to please a boss or customer, consider these achievers as a source of hope and inspiration. "Expect twists and turns, poor decisions and failures," Russell advises. "They're the foundation for better results. See them as stepping stones, not roadblocks." Russell is author of The Titleless Leader: How to Get Things Done When You're Not in Charge, (Career Press/available now).

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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