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Different quotes sum up the same sentiment but my favourite wording is this by Aisha Tyler: “Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” It’s an important point and one we all need reminding of from time to time.

Alan Hall wrote in Forbes that, ‘Persistence is a vital characteristic of successful entrepreneurs’. It’s wrong to assume that those that succeed have never failed and that If you yourself fail, you can never go on to succeed. By keeping your focus and determination during adversity, you can achieve your goals. By getting back up when you’ve been knocked down and importantly, by learning from your mistakes, you can ensure that your inner resolve and your strategy are both stronger next time around.

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

In 1939, a humble assistant filled inkwells and proofread material for his colleagues at a comic book company. By the time he was 19 years old, he was an interim editor. In the 1950s, he brought his own vision to his department and Marvel Comics was born. I am, of course, talking about Stan Lee : ‘American comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics’.

What if you had given up and never realised your potential?

J K Rowling often comes to mind when you think of a rags to riches tale, but she should also be a reminder that consistency and persistence do pay off. This best selling author had her ‘Harry Potter’ manuscripts rejected – more than once! What if she had given up? Harry Potter would never have become the household name it is today. You never know when you’ll succeed but if you stop trying, you’re guaranteed not to succeed.

Sometimes you may not even know how close you are to success.

Will Smith was reportedly almost bankrupt in 1990, then NBC signed him up for ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. The show allowed him to kick-start his acting career, which through his hard work and dedication to his craft, allowed him to become (according to Newsweek) ‘Hollywood’s most powerful actor’.

What about you?

Whoever you are and whatever you want to achieve, remember these lyrics (from ‘Pick Yourself Up’ by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields):

“Nothing’s impossible, I have found
For when my chin is on the ground.
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off
And start all over again.

Don’t lose your confidence
If you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off
And start all over again.”


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