A road to success is not smooth ride. It has bumps and holes and sharp turns. All roads do. One of the main weaknesses of the mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible”. Most of well known successful in the world get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they get to success. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis.
If Christoph Colombus quitted when he got to the wrong way we would not talk about Uncle Sam, the United States of America. For those who are not aware Christopher Columbus was on a mission to find a shorter trade route to India, but he missed it by over nine thousand miles. However, that failure put a spotlight on new lands and eventually resulted in the creation of 50 great nations, the United States of America.
Napoleon Hill in “Think and Grow rich” said one of the most common cause of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Napoleon in the book said that temporary defeat should mean only one thing, the certain knowledge that there is something wrong with your plan.
We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph and neglect the failure they meet or the obstacles. Beethoven was death, Milton was blind but their names will last as long as time endures, because they dreamed and translated their dreams into organized thought. Abraham Lincoln was a failure at everything he tried, until he was well past the age of forty. He was Mr. Nobody from nowhere, until a great experience came into his life; he became the President of the United States of America.
Gandhi had no money, no home, he did not own a suit of clothes, but he did have power of convincing, he is still a role model of many.
Marconi, the creator of radio and television dreamed of a system of connecting the intangible forces of the air. Evidence that he did not dream in vain may be found in every radio and television set in the world. It may interest you to know that Marconi’s friends had him taken into custody, and examined in psychopathic hospital, when he announced he had discovered a principle through which he could send messages through the air, without the aid of wires or other direct physical means of communication. Practicals dreamers do not quit. A quitter never wins and a winner never quits
The author is a co-founder of www.umurimo.com, a Rwandan job advertising website