Embrace Failure

Listen to this week’s message:


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As Thomas J. Watson Sr. said: “If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.”

How do you view failure? Thomas J. Watson started off selling pianos and sewing machines door-to-door, and then became a salesman for the National Cash Register Company. After ten days on the road, he failed to sell one machine. Instead of giving up, he sought guidance from his supervisor who gave him a pep talk which motivated him so much he became the top salesman in the region. In 1914, he became general manager of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company which later became International Business Machines. As Chairman and CEO of IBM, he took the company from time clocks and punch-card tabulators into the computer age by underwriting the building of a digital calculating machine. When he died in 1956, he was considered the world’s greatest salesman. Be inspired by Watson and embrace failure. Think big and try new things. Learn from your mistakes and move on. If you get stuck, seek guidance. Psych yourself up daily to build confidence and be open to change. Your big opportunity could be right around the corner. As Watson said, “Success is on the far side of failure.”

Until next time, remember-it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!

With Purpose & Power,


Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.