this world needs a lot more failures

I need a new vacuum, and I’d really like a Dyson. Maybe it’s just effective branding, but I’ve also heard they’re great. For years, I kid you not, I’ve admired them and considered buying one! I’m gonna’ do it! Just the base model but hey it’s a Dyson! After reading about the inventor, I want one even if it doesn’t work! Listen to this… Sir James Dyson went through 5126 prototypes before the 5127th one hit the jackpot!! and he used up his savings over a period of 15 years. His vacuum empire is now worth almost 5 billion dollars!

I can’t quite wrap my head around that number. Not the 5 billion dollar one, and yes, that’s a lot of cash, but the 5127 one! That’s about 15 years of days so, in other words, he tried a new prototype EVERY DAY for 15 YEARS before his vacuum met acceptable standards which, in laymen’s terms means it finally picked up the mess in our houses!

Here’s the thing.

WHO DOES THAT?! WHO TRIES OVER 5000 TIMES until they succeed?

Someone who’s willing to be a Failure, that’s who.

We live in an instant society so it stands to reason that we don’t want to wait.

Instant potatoes, fast-drying nail polish, instant messaging, instant information via the net, apps that ensure we don’t wait for a cab or a table at a restaurant, fast food restaurants, the list goes on and on, and it’s producing a culture of impatient, spoiled humans who want it all and we want it now!

Recently, I was challenged to do the 22 pushups for 22 days to support soldiers and their struggles with PTSD. I can’t do pushups so this was a lot of work for me with pretty much zero reinforcement. I lasted two days. What’s worse, my son is a soldier. Besides that, I envy the women with toned arms and bodies, I want their muscles! 

I can’t imagine doing it for 5000 days.

Lest you think I have no willpower or strength of character, I do persist at things I like or that I’m pretty good at such as school and running, but I’m talking about things that we aren’t naturally good at, that are challenging and which require us to be a failure sometimes and most likely many times.

I wonder what you and I could accomplish if we were willing to face failure 5000 times?!

Many of our dreams would come true.

Our passions realized.

True fulfillment of potential.

The thrill that trying brings.

And the sweet rewards of success.

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” J.K. Rowling

I’m getting myself a present this weekend finally! AND I’m starting over with the 22 day push-up challenge … it may take many more days than that but I’m not giving up until I can do 22 push-ups in a row!

Are you afraid of failing? Big (like inventing a vacuum) or small (like 22 push-ups), what do you dream of accomplishing?


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