Don’t let failure define you

…And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time….

From Back to School Speech (Sept 8th 2009) by Barack Obama

Full text can be found here http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/

The video can be seen here (starting at 14:30) http://youtu.be/47c6z2mrTEM

 

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One thought on “Don’t let failure define you

  1. I say the opposite. Let your failures define you. You need failures to be a success.

    The difference between people who are successful and those we deem as failures is how the individual handles failure.

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