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Read This If You Feel Like Giving Up

People remember you by your successes, not your failures. 

I'll say this again. People do not remember you based on your failures. They remember you by your successes. The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban agrees: "The beauty of success, whether it's finding the girl of your dreams, the right job, or financial success, is that it doesn't matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once," 

So what?

This means it doesn't matter how many times you fail. It just takes one victory for people to label you as a success. So you are free to keep trying. Don't let the burden of past failures hold you back. 

In fact, successful people have probably failed more times than the average person has even tried. Even Michael Jordan has admitted " I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."  Failure is a necessary evil. It is a growing pain that you must go through in order to achieve anything substantial in life. 

And the funny thing is that not only will they forget your failures, they might even start calling you lucky because of your success.  It was as if all those late nights spent burning the midnight oil, all those rejections and all those times you were hungry and homeless didn't happen. Not only do you not need to be embarrassed by your failures, you might even start to embrace your failures because it becomes part of your identity. It is what makes you who you are today. You will learn to be proud of your failures because when others see your success and call you lucky, it is an insult. Yes, it is funny how the world works. 

So next time you are hustling with nothing but blood, sweat and tears running down your face, remember what Jacob Riis once said. 

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

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