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“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs – even though checkered by failure – than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt
Want To Be Extraordinary? Accept Failures!
Do you come across people who complain all day about their lives, but don’t do a thing to change it? These are the people whose lives are fraught with inaction, and they lead a life that is unsatisfying and unfulfilling.
Though they talk nineteen to a dozen and find faults with everyone and everything around them, they are scared that if they take the first step towards changing their own life, they will meet with failure.
They simply dread the idea of stepping out of the self-made protective cocoon that they have built around themselves and simply spend their entire lives complaining. You would not want to be grouped with these kind of people, wouldn’t you?
It is easier said than done though, as there is no shortcut to success. So if you are really passionate about something but feel yourself stuck in something you are not meant to do, you need to start taking action. And the action must be taken now!
The Importance Of Taking Chances
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Roosevelt in these immortal lines urges everyone to take chances. Taking chances is the one thing you need to do in order to start leading a better life!
By taking chances, we don’t mean that you should risk putting up all of your life’s savings in a casino! By taking chances, we mean stepping out of your comfort zone and doing what you have always dreamed of!
For instance, if you have always wanted to be a writer, do not be afraid of your manuscript getting rejected. Write for yourself, write from your heart and just as the nightingale did with the rose, colour your stories with the last drop of blood in your heart!
Take Chances and Follow Your Dreams
When you follow a life of passion, you will see that even the Universe will conspire to make things happen in your favour. Good things will automatically fall into place for those people who have really decided to follow their passion, despite the difficulties and challenges ahead.
But until you muster up all the courage in you and step out, you will never really know what taking chances is all about!
Many people are afraid to take risks and remain comfortable in their current status in life, but you must also remember that that is exactly why their lives remain mediocre. Nothing that they do is ever path breaking! And they have the nerve to complain why life is so boring (or even depressing)!
Imagine what would have happened if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs had not taken the chances they did in life, or if Thomas Alva Edison gave up the invention of light bulb just because he failed! Yes, Edison failed not once, not twice, but more than 10,000 times before he came up with the invention that is lighting up our lives right now!
So you see, failure is inevitable. When you try your hand at something new, there are bound to be obstacles and setbacks, but failure (as the age old saying goes) is indeed the stepping stone to success.
Don’t be afraid of failure. It’s better to fail a thousand times to achieve a one-time success, than to never fail nor succeed at anything!
So step out with enthusiasm, live life with excitement, do great things for others, take your chances and be extraordinary... else you will be the person whose tombstone will read something like, “Here lies Kris, who lived a normal life and died a normal person!”
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This article is generously contributed by Michael Lee from 20 Day Persuasion
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