Do you know the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful person?
Easy: Count the number of times each person has failed. I bet you, the successful person has failed 10 times more than the unsuccessful person.
Michael Jordan is known as the greatest basketball player in the world. In the Guiness Book of World Records, Michael is on the list of players who have made the most number of baskets in the NBA. Yet many people don’t know that he’s also in the Guinness list of players who’ve made the most misses. Because he simply made the most attempts.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six 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.
— Michael Jordan
Another story I like to share is Soichiro’s story.
He began making piston rings. He tried selling it to Toyota but they rejected him. Business was so bad, he pawned his wife’s jewelry to keep his business afloat. After building his factory, it got burned to the ground.
What did Soichiro do? He built it again. That was when it burned down a second time. He built it up again. Not long after that, an earthquake tore his factory.
He built it up a third time.
Because of the war, gas was expensive. So to go around, Soichiro used his bicycle. But he attached a little engine to it so that he didn’t have to pedal. When everyone who saw it wanted one, he knew he had a winner in his hands.
His full name is Soichiro Honda. He became the first mass producer of motorcycles. He says…
Success can be achieved only through repeated failure. My success represents the one percent of the work that resulted from the 99 percent that was called failure.
— Soichiro Honda
Fail your way to success.
This article is an excerpt from the book “8 Secrets of the Truly Rich” by Bro. Bo Sanchez (Used with permission). To get a copy of the book and other books by Bro. Bo, you may check out http://www.kerygmabooks.com/.
JUN AMPARO is the author of OMG! OFW’s Money is Gone: Practical Tips on How to Be Wise with Your Hard-earned Money which was featured at GMA News Online. Being an OFW for over a decade, he’s aware about the common financial challenges of many Overseas Filipino Workers.