The following is one of my favorite YouTube videos.

When you have a vision, when you really believe you can make a difference, do something great, or create something meaningful, then you’ve got to learn to ignore the critics, and ignore your failures.

Neither one will go away. Both can help you succeed.

Critics fuel your desire, failure is the playground of greatness.

(Here’s the text from the video)

Dismissed from drama school with a note that said “Wasting her time, she’s too shy to put her best foot forward”… Lucille Ball

Turned down by the Decco recording company who said “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on their way out”… The Beatles

Failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent at 38 years old he went to work for his father as a handyman… Ulysses S. Grant

Cut from the high-school basketball team, he went home, locked himself in his room, and cried… Michael Jordan

A teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything, that he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality… Thomas Edison

Fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no original ideas… Walt Disney

His fiance died, he failed in business twice, he had a nervous breakdown, and he was defeated in 8 elections… Abraham Lincoln

If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.

See also: It is not the critic who counts | Controlled failure | You should fail on a regular basis | Fault tolerance, managing shame and self-forgiveness



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