Do you recognize any of the faces shown above? You may not believe this, but each one of those people is just like you. And they all failed “big time” at one point in the lives before becoming great successes.
“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.…” – Luke 11:8
You may not be famous. or wealthy beyond your imagination, or extremely successful, or on the cover of every magazine at the check-out in the grocery store, but here’s one thing for sure: Not a single one of those people started out that way.
Most of these people were not born into rich families who could make life easier for them. Some dropped out of college. Some didn’t even finish high school. Many didn’t have a nickle to their name at one point or another. But there’s something else you may not know about these people.Would it surprise you to know that each one of these famous people has experienced complete and utter failure at one time or another in their lives. And not just little failures, but the kind that’s desperate, humiliating, and spirit-crushing.
Some have faced failure over and over again. A few have even faced very public failure — the kind that the whole world hears about on the news and in magazines. And you know what?
No one who is breathing at this moment is immune to failure. No one.
“Here Comes The Sun”: How the Greatest Rock Group in History Came Back From Failure and Never Gave Up
The image that most people my age remember is watching the rock group called “The Beatles” walking off a plan at the airport at an airport in New York City.
The day was January 7, 1964. From the moment they appears in the doorway of the plan they were greated by a record-setting crowd of cheers, crying and sobbing from mostly young teenage girls.
The band’s adoring crowd was nearly out of control officers of the New York Airport Authority. Admiring girls and who would do anything to just touch the four band members who by this time have made their new sound known.
Crowd estimates were easily the largest that Kennedy Airport had ever seen — estimated at around 4 thousand including fans and members of the press.
Luckily, a limousine was waiting near the plane to whisk the “Fab Four” to the Plaza Hotel in downtown NYC where they would prepare for their appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” as well as other venues while they were in town.
The performance of The Beatles on the Sullivan show drew viewing audience of over 73 million viewers — or about two fifths of the American population. According to Nielson it was the largest viewing audience of all time
But the band’s rise to worldwide fame did not start out with hordes of fans wanting to see them in person and buying millions of their records.
Originally billing themselves in the UK and Europe as “The Quarymen”, the four young boys from Liverpool were just another band playing in dive bars.
Decca Records: “Guitar groups were on the way out”
About three years before the Beatle’s triumphant appearance in New York City the band drove from Liverpool to London on a wintry, snowing day for an audition at Decca Records. Dan Rowe was the A&R (” Artist and Repertoire”) man for the record publishing company at that time.
Following the audition Rowe expressed to the band that he was hardly impressed by their sound. “Guitar bands were on the way out”, he was quoted as saying.
Feeling rejected by the outcome of the audition the band kept playing in dingy basement clubs for next to nothing. But within four months the dispirited band’s luck began to change.
Ultimately a man by the name of George Martin came into the picture at EMI Records and was immediately struck by the band’s unique talent and performing ability … not to mention the enthusiasm of the tiny fan base.
Within five months Martin signed the group to a record deal with a label of EMI. This became the most successful artist-produce collaboration in history at that time.
Defeating Rejection and Failure
Following the signing with EMI, Martin made the tough decision of replacing the group’s drummer, Pete Best, with an unknown by the name of Ringo Star. It was this change that made all the difference to Martin and others who witnessed the Beatles earliest sound. In fact, there was speculation that the lack of natural talent, timekeeping and lack of raw power was the reason why the original audition a Decca failed to secure a contract for the band months earlier.
By 1962, the Beatles would go from a band with a strong local following to the biggest rock group in all of England. With the worldwide release of the hit song “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and later “Here Comes the Sun” the Beatles suddenly became the sensation of modern-day pop music at that time
Failure Is Part of Living
It doesn’t matter who you are … You are going to face failures in your life. It’s at those times when you’re faced with doing one of two things:
- Give up and settle for whatever life has in store for you.
- Never give up.
You face into the wind and keep trying until you’ve achieved whatever great thing it is you’re trying to accomplish .. . no matter what!
Why Most People Aren’t Successful in Life
Napoleon Hill’s conclusions led him to ask this question: Here’s his answer:
“Most people simply don’t think”.
This is why the vast majority of people today fail to become the success that they wanted when they were just starting out in their careers. They wind up doing something in life that never really excites them and was never really what they wanted to do in their careers.
Many people find themselves in a perpetual bind financially which prevents them from doing the things they really want to do in life. Life becomes a bore with the only thing to look forward to is retirement.
- Are you working towards a worthy, predetermined goal?
- Is that goal cemented in your mind so that you are always conscious of it?
- Do you think about that goal every single day as well as how you intend to reach it?
- Have you put your plan into action and do you concentrate on that action constantly?
- Do you allow external circumstances to get in the way of your predetermined goal?
A Person Is What He or She Thinks About All Day Long.
That is a law. It is one that has been scientifically proven to be true. Even the Holy Bible says that this law is true.
“If you can believe, all things are possible.”. If you think in negative terms you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms you will get positive results. You cannot escape from this law anymore than you escape from the laws of gravity.
If you’re foolish enough to think that this law is not real then you’re probably where you are in life because of your disbelief. But make no mistake, this law is very real.
We become what we THINK about.
“all things are possible to him that believeth” – Mark 9:23
And remember the story of the Sermon on the Mount in Luke 11 when Jesus said,
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Luke 11:10