The Failure Is One Step To Big Beginning

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” - Malcolm Forbes

Bill Gates, an entrepreneur, programmer, philanthropists and perhaps ‘risk taker’. At a young age, after a few years living in the world of high school, it ended and he was kicked out into the big wide world of endless opportunities. He chose to enroll at Harvard University to study mathematics and computer science but his full attention was always on his computer. After a bit of time at Harvard, Gates felt that Harvard wasn’t required to fulfill his dream so he made the bold decision and dropped out when he saw the opportunity to start his own software company. Leaving Harvard, risking his future successes and being a Harvard graduate, putting himself in a vulnerable position to fail. But his desire to succeed and his own self belief, made his fear of failure miniscule in comparison. He worked towards his vision and after a year after dropping out of Harvard, alongside Paul Allen, Microsoft was created. It is only through his hard work and playing the ultimate risks, that Bill Gates went to co found a now multimillionaire software company.

We see the breeding of success in the world of business. Many of the business men and women we hear of today continue to take hard planned risks to open up a world of opportunity. Risking it all and potentially failing, they put it all on the line in order to succeed because if there is no risk, there’s no reward right. Who is going to get anywhere sticking in their comfort zone? Many of us perceive failure to be the end, when really it could mean you are one step closer to brilliance.

“the world outside our comfort zone can be huge and scary. Until we are willing to put ourselves out there and take a risk, we will never be able to achieve professional success and realize our potential” - Pamela Barnes

There are so many people in our modern world or in our history that are direct examples of the ‘Great Risk Takers’ that have succeeded that I’m talking about. I’m talking Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and as much as we all hate to admit it, Donald Trump. They risk it all, making themselves vulnerable to the possibility of failure. But without these risks, perhaps they wouldn’t be where they are today. Trump for example, launched his line of premium steaks that have been described as the “world’s greatest”, but perhaps mustn’t have been the greatest since they became discontinued and the ‘Trump Steak House’ was shut down. Bummer, I heard he sold five month old duck. But in his defence he is now the United States President. Maybe without his own steak line, it wouldn’t have led him to branch out to try other things and maybe he wouldn’t be where he is today.

We can allow our failures to make us stronger as we head in the right direction to truly understand the beauty of success. The theory of evolution show us that it is a natural process not only as humans but also in our environment; we must fail to succeed. Our failures are a sacrifice for the greater good so we must take those hits and we must take those losses because truly if we are always winning, how can we really understand what it is to win? We find these business men and women walking through failure after failure and never giving up. They are an inspiration to me and should be an inspiration to all, showing us that the biggest failure of all would be to do nothing.  

01 August 2022
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