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Inspiration Prompt – You Never Fail You Are Just Delayed

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I have recently watched an eye opening video on You Tube that I want to share with you.

This video shows how many of the greatest minds, most talented artists and most imaginative inventors had been deemed as failing at something at a certain point in time.

Every beginning is dotted with misguided steps and awkward hand strokes, those dots are accumulating over time until they render a perfect line.

Watch on You Tube

Don’t be distracted by the dots. In the end you will make a perfect line!

Have a great day!

Tomorrow I am celebrating my BIRTHDAY and I would like to send you some warm wishes 🙂


Were you ever disappointed at not getting something right at the very first time, only to discover you are headed towards greater success? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this post.

Failure Is Success (at the risk of sounding Ing-Soc)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Inspiration I have recently posted a couple posts about dealing with failure.

In the first post I was preparing the ground by asking you to take some time and concentrate on what you grasp as “failure”.

Then I tried to change the way you think about ‘failure’ and embrace it into your life.

I wish to accept and expect failure in my life. I wish to embrace it as an integral part of my learning curve. I wish to understand that success is a process, which is paved by failures.

Today I have stumbled upon a great quote which wraps up that idea:

“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”
By: Samuel Smiles

Do you want to embrace failure in your life too? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post.

For anyone who wonders what Ing-Soc is, I am referring you to “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by: George Orwell – one of the best books I’ve read, a sure must for your bedside table. For all of you who are familiar with Ing-Soc – this idea of “failure is success” has nothing to do with the distorted regime Orwell described in his brilliant book.

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Journaling Prompt #21 – Failure

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
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This week’s journaling prompt is an exercise in self reflection that prepares the ground for next week’s Inspiration prompt – so stay put and make sure to come back on Monday, October 20th

Failure is a natural and integral part of our lives. Failure is an intrinsic part of learning a new skill or mastery. We try and we fail. Sometimes we try again and sometimes we are so discouraged from our failure that we stop and move over to the next challenge, or stop and fret about it…

For this week’s journaling prompt I want you to set aside at least half and hour and reflect about what you consider as your failures in life –

  • List 3-5 things you are considering as your personal failure.
  • Why do you consider these things as failures?
  • What do you think is the cause of these failures?
  • Do you consider those things as a small or a big failure?
  • What have you learned from these failures?
  • Have you given one of your challenges a second try after failing at it?
    • If so – what happened after the second (third, fourth, etc.) trial?
    • If not- why haven’t you tried again? What stopped you?

Share –

I know it is a difficult and a very personal subject, but if you wish to share your thoughts about it, I’d love to hear what you have in mind, so leave a comment.

The winner is…

The winner of the book: Visual Chronicles by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino is:


Her comment was:

I am celebrating the new year by reflecting back on the joys of being a mother and seeing the rewards as my children launch their independent lives. It’s my first year as an empty nester and as painful as it is, I know I’ve done my job and that my children’s success away from me is a true blessing.

Congratulations, Elizabeth. Please send me your address so I can send you the book. (I’m sorry but If I don’t get your address by Wednesday, 22nd October (2008) – I’ll have to choose another random winner – so make sure to send it ASAP 🙂 .)

The process of choosing a winner was very high tech, as you can see for yourself:

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