The Benefits of Failure

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“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

We’ve all had days where it feels like everything is against us and we’re pushing a huge boulder up a mountain. We feel like we’re failures while everyone else is speeding past us with success. The bigger the dream, the harder it is and the bigger the temptation to give up. But it’s those tough days that really shape who we are and determine our success.

Those who’ve had the greatest success have also had the biggest failures but what defines them is their resilience, self-belief and determination. They’re in it for the long game! They keep going even when all the odds are against them and when those around them say they can’t do it!

Prolific author Stephen King wrote every single day for 9 years before he finally got his first book published, Steven Spielberg got rejected from film school not once but three times, The Beatles were dropped by their first record company and told they had no future in the business, Michael Jordan was dropped from his school basket ball team because they didn’t think he was good enough and the list goes on.

On those days you feel like a complete failure, pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and move on. With any discipline it takes time to become good at it, as Eddie Cantor once said “it takes 20 years to make an overnight success.”

When I first started making films they were beyond terrible and I hope they never see the light of day. I made so many mistakes it’s embarrassing but each time I learnt something new. This allowed me to expand my skill set for the next project and dream even bigger!

  Here’s a fantastic speech that I highly recommend watching where J.K. Rowling talks about failure and how it helped shape her success:

Here are a couple of my favourite quotes on success and failure:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George S. Patton

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. – Edwin Land

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. – Woody Allen

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

What are your goals? Have you had times when you felt like giving up? What got you through those tough times?

Photo Credits: Miles Holden & Emily Martin

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Caine’s Arcade

The first time I watched Caine’s Arcade I completely fell in love with it. It’s a very touching and inspiring story. It shows how important it is to follow your passion and to never give up no matter how hard it gets. Caine has a birght future ahead of him and I’m really looking forward to following his progress!

Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.

Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad’s autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine’s chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine’s Arcade. But Caine never gave up.

To learn more about Caine go to: www.cainesarcade.com

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