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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edison
Many successful people have failed while attempting to achieve their goals.
Actually, some of the most successful people on the planet have failed spectacularly! Did you know that Milton Hershey of the famed Hershey’s chocolates was fired from his first job as a printer, then went on to start and lose three candy companies and file for personal bankruptcy before finally starting the company that he became famous for? Can you imagine starting three companies that all failed?
Steven Jobs, the creator of the Apple computer began his career in his parent’s garage. Within a decade he’d built up a 2 billion dollar company. At age thirty Jobs joined the ranks of the unemployed when his own board of directors fired him. He went on to found another successful venture, Pixar, a company that creates animation for films such as Finding Nemo. He didn’t wallow in self pity after being fired. Oh, and by the way his old company Apple came back groveling twelve years later and hired him back. Can anybody say IPhone and Ipad?
Becoming successful takes fortitude and perseverance.
J.K. Rowling, the mega successful author of the Harry Potter series, was rejected by twelve different publishers before she found one to accept her manuscript. Even after agreeing to publish her first novel, they advised her to keep her day job. It seems no one had any faith in J.K. – but J.K. herself.
Even Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie was rejected by more than a dozen publishers before he was offered a contract. Did he give up and say I guess I’m not a writer? No.
Simon Cowell, the now hugely successful record and television producer of American Idol and other international talent shows, was forced to move back in with his parents in 1989 due to crushing debts he’d amassed when the record company he worked for had financial difficulties. He recovered from this setback and pursued his dream and his successful results are now broadcast around the world.
Two years ago I was privileged to interview entrepreneur, A.J.Khubani for a magazine I contributed to. Khubani is a fascinating business man whose company, Telebrands Corp, markets products with the red AS SEEN ON TV label, such as the PedEgg, the StickUp Bulb, and the GoDuster just to name a few. Khubani started his business right out of college with a few thousand dollars and it was NOT an overnight success. Over the years he had numerous product failures that cost him a bundle, and faced crippling lawsuits over patent infringement, but he never gave up and Telebrands came back even bigger and more profitable.
Twenty-five years later his company is worth $100 million. The most interesting part of our interview though was when he spoke of failing and almost losing his business, and his home in 2000. He responded that failure and challenging times help us to mature. He also said that if he had a chance he wouldn’t change a thing in his life; that’s now much he valued the experience of failing because of what he learned from it.
Successful people don’t allow failure to deter them from pressing on.
They have a vision for their lives, and use their failures as a lesson and stepping stone to get them to their goal. They don’t give up. If you want to succeed you have to be unshakeable, unquakeable, and unsinkable and say to yourself: Failure is not the end. It’s the beginning. I can and I will try again.
(Here’s a short video on some of the famous people who’ve failed. Click on the link.) Famous People Who’ve Failed
I’m not trying to make light of failure. In fact, I was inspired to write this article because too many people close to me are facing enormous challenges in their lives due failing or losing a job. Of course it’s devastating to fail. There’s the huge emotional tsunami one has to survive beside dealing with the potential realities like financial ruin, homelessness, putting food on the table, etc. The point I’m trying to make though is that we do and can go on. It might not be pretty for a while, or even a long time, but as long as you have breath in your body you have a chance to try again and to use all that you’ve learned from your failure to regain your footing and come back even better and happier in the second go round.
Fellow blogger, Dragos Roua, from his blog of the same name said it so well when he wrote in is superb article titled, “The Six Stages of Failure”:
You learn by doing. You see what you did wrong, when and how, and start to fix it. It’s like a DIY session, only it’s for the entire Universe. You broke something in your reality but now you know exactly how you did it. It’s like you have a map on how to re-assemble the pieces, so you pick your tools and start fixing that stuff.
If you have a dream declare it boldly! Don’t be afraid of what anyone thinks or says to you. Many new ideas aren’t accepted at first. Just think of how many people must have laughed at the Wright brothers before they designed a plane that actually could fly.
Create a plan to achieve your goal and begin working it. Even if you’re first few attempts backfire – keep going. Remember, the people who dare to laugh are the ones most afraid of failure.
So, don’t cower in the corner fearing failure – go for it. And, remember if you fail or if you’ve been fired you’re in great company. And, after realizing your in great company, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in there.
The real meaning of success is not about fame and fortune. It’s what you learn on the journey getting there – particularly from your failures.
I’ve failed – and been fired from my first job. I’ve also left the finance industry and come back to the safety net of a “job” numerous times because my attempts in other industries haven’t worked out. But, I’m not giving up. Today is a new day – and another chance to try again. I’ve learned that failing is not the end of the world. I’ve also learned how important it is to plan and take small calculated steps toward your goals instead of jumping off a cliff all at once, and that’s what I’m doing now. Sometime soon, I will be self-employed writing/blogging, teaching others how to develop their intuition and extra sensory perception and doing intuitive and mediumistic consulting. Baby steps do lead to great strides.
What about you? Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?
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I’m participating in a fun collaborative blogging event with Lillian-Juda Leonard Beach at her beautiful site: The Mini Beach Bird.
She has a series running called Meditation Mondays.
Several bloggers have contributed their favorite meditations.
Each week new meditations will be posted for readers to try. As most of you know I’m a former meditation instructor – so this is truly music to my ears. If I had my way meditation would be part of the curriculum in public school.
I’ve contributed a meditation to week 2 of her series titled: Seven Simple Steps to A Great Meditation. Click here to check it out. and all the other great meditations collected there.
I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy this and love trying the many different meditations that have been submitted.
Thank you Lillian-Juda for arranging this wonderful event and for including me. I am truly honored.
I want to say a big Thank You to Hulbert for his interview of me over the weekend.
He’s posted it on his excellent website: From Bottom Up
To listen to the interview just click on the link above.
Thank you again Hulbert. It was a joy connecting with you.
I hope everyone will enjoy listening to it.
Lois G, a friend and fellow medium is going to be in Houston from July 29 to August 1st giving readings and teaching a workshop on developing your sixth sense.
Her seminar looks fascinating – wish I could be there.
Click on the link below to view the details.
“What I try to stress, to those who are prepared to listen, is that the material is only the reflection, the shadow, the husk and not the reality. The material exits because it is animated by the spirit. When spirit withdraws, matter disintegrates. Spirit is master, matter is servant. Spirit is king, matter is commoner. This is the great lesson that millions have still to learn in your world. They give priority to matter and very little attention to spirit. ” Excerpt from the book, Light From Silver Birch. Silver Birch, a native American, was channeled through the medium Maurice Barbanell in England up until 1981 when Maurice Barbanell passed away. His channeled teachings were published in a series of 9 books.
Do you feel like you might just be on the precipice of something, but you don’t know what? Are you unsure about the future and your next steps?
Many many people are going through some of the most challenging times of their lives right now. Some of have lost jobs, or lost homes and may have even lost someone close to them. There seems to be so much pain in the world with poverty, hunger, wars, terrorism and anarchists. Sometimes it feels as if our whole world is shaking like a wet dog flinging the water from his coat. Maybe all this shaking and quaking of our institutions and lifestyle is a good thing? Perhaps it will shake off the caked on mud and reveal a new more balanced way of living?
Could this huge global shake-up be meant as a wake-up call?
Is it perhaps, time for many of us to realize that we have become too attached to materialism? To become aware that we truly are spiritual beings having a human experience? Maybe the pain and crises many people are facing now are meant to bring them to their knees so that they reemerge with an awareness of their true spiritual nature?
Could it be time to go within and stop looking outside of ourselves for the answers? Maybe the crumbling of our culture of conspicuous consumption is causing so much pain because it’s signaling that it’s time to awaken to the fact that worshiping materialism has cut us off from our true source?
I certainly think so. I also think that until the vast majority of mankind believe that spirit is what makes all things possible, not matter, and that we are connected by the spiritual essence that animates each and every one of us we will never end all the hatred and violence toward one another and our earth.
Last week I sent out this tweet on Twitter: How much good undertaken by good people will it take to override all the violence and hatred in the world? Be the good!
I really believe we are at a critical juncture in our history and that we have a huge choice to make here. It’s time to awaken to the truth that we are spiritual beings, and to do good, be good and spread good which is to say we need to focus on exuding love in our world.
I found this thought provoking video called Awakening on You Tube – it’s short. Give it a look see.. \”Awakening\” from You Tube
What do you think? Are we at a critical juncture? Do you feel a change taking place within? Do you feel a need to search for answers and take up a spiritual practice such as meditation? Let us know – share your comments with us.
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I’m inspired daily by the contents in my email in-box.
I feel very lucky indeed to be motivated by the fabulous posts on the inspirational blogs I subscribe to.
Since I started blogging I’ve “met” the most incredible people. I feel like we know each other and as if I’m meeting them for coffee in the morning. They’re giving and supportive and chock-full of wisdom – each in their own unique way.
There’s nothing like sipping your coffee and feeling your enthusiasm rise for the projects you’re working on simply by reading the empowering words of my fellow bloggers.
Here are some of my favorites. I encourage you to have a look:
Do you want to: Improve your Mind, Empower your Body, Inspire your Spirit? Then check out Aileen’s terrific blog at - Kaizenvision
Are you interested in: information and inspiration for beginning bloggers? Then you’ll learn a lot at Jean’s excellent blog - Virgin Blogger Notes.
Do you need a push toward: moving toward the life you want? Then you have to read Katie’s motivating posts at – Momentum Gathering.
Would you like to know more about Feng Shui, interior design or Asian culture and cooking? You’ll learn heaps from Jenny’s fascinating blog: Asian Lifestyle Design (seriously check out Jenny’s recipes!)
Are your struggling financially? Could you use some: Positive Living. Positive Results? Then go to Greg’s blog and explore the Law of Attraction at: Positive Waves Baby.
Can you envision pulling up stakes and moving to a Greek island and starting a whole new life? Carla did it and is: Finding Joy in The Here And Now at: Living Happiness.
Are you overwhelmed by the complexity of your life? Does having: less stuff, more joy appeal to you? Me too! Then by all means go to Christianna’s blog at: Elegant Simple Life.
Do you crave serenity? Manal has the formula: Awareness + surrender = Inner Peace and explains how to put it to practice everyday at her blog: One With Now.
Don’t we all want someone to show us the way? Madeleine dispenses excellent advice on a myriad of topics and the: Positive realities of growing older at her blog: Age Myths.
Do bios of the struggles of now famous individuals light a fire under your feet? Hulbert brings us fresh stories that inspire us everyday at his blog: From Bottom Up.
How about some really moving words from a true philosopher? Rob amazes me with his depth at his blog: Mind Adventure.
I read many other inspirational blogs – and I’m discovering new ones each day. If I’ve left anyone out I sincerely apologize. I’ll follow up with another list of more of my favorites again soon.
Why not start your day out right? How ’bout some inspiration with your coffee?
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This is a guest post from Rosemarie Monaco.
Meditation - It heals. It enlightens. It solves problems. It lets you travel anywhere in the universe—to places that are as exotic as your imagination can create. Most remarkably, it allows you to manifest your deepest desires. It really is like having a genie in a bottle.
Angela has written extensively about the power of meditation. See “Could Your Thoughts Create an Earthquake?” The National Institutes of Health has performed studies that prove conclusively that people who meditate are healthier and live longer.
Why it works
When you meditate you travel to a stress-free, creative level, scientists refer to this as the alpha level where brain frequency is at roughly 10 cycles per second.
The alpha state is so powerful because here you are operating purely with your mind, absent of all material distractions, including your body. And it is here that you can access all the wisdom of the universe. It is the state from which you can tap into the “database” of universal knowledge. See Angela’s post “What’s Love Got to Do with Reality.”
Mediation is deeply personal. Only you can create the perfect place from which to escape the material world. But I would like to share one of my favorite meditations with you. Read it then alter it to create the perfect space, just for you.
- Sit comfortably with your feet on the ground, your hands on your lap. You can meditate lying down as long as you don’t fall asleep.
- Close your eyes and take three or four deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, fill up your lungs and as you do imagine that you are breathing in pure, radiant light of the universe. Hold it for a few seconds. Let the beautiful, fresh air fill every cell in your body. As you breathe out imagine that you are expelling all the bad feelings that you might be holding inside—all the stress, all the problems. Let them all go.
- Breathe normally and Relax. From the tip of your head down to your toes, feel every muscle relaxing, all the tension disappearing.
- Count backwards from ten to one. With each number, imagine that you traveling deeper and deeper into a perfect, relaxed state.
When you reach the number one, imagine before you a big beautiful door. See it in every detail. Maybe they are French doors with flowing chiffon curtains, maybe yours is a delicately carved wooden door or a majestic brass door. As you continue on this journey, it is important to see as much detail as possible. This is your paradise, your private place filled with your special treasures. The more detail you give it, the more real it becomes.
Walk toward the door. Open it. A beautiful garden lies before you. The perfume of the flowers is intoxicating. Take a deep breath. Can you smell the wisteria, the exotic orchids? The colors tickle your eyes: reds, blues, greens, purples, yellows—all the colors of the rainbow.
There is a path in front of you made of beautiful gold and silver tiles. As you walk slowly enjoying the beauty around you, you see a body of water. It is crystal clear turquoise. As you look into the water you can see the coral and beautiful creatures swimming at the bottom.
Now you notice the steps at the edge of the water. You step down and the water is luscious, just the right temperature. The water around you sparkles from the rays of sun reflecting on the surface. This is no ordinary body of water. It is a healing pool. As you slip into it and swim, all your aches and pains disappear. You are in a perfect state.
On the far side of the water a rushing waterfall awaits you. Swim to it, and then step up and under the flowing water. It’s so gentle. It feels like silk. As the water falls on you it washes away every ounce of stress. It renews your body. Makes you feel alive and energized. Can you feel it? Imagine it. This water contains the light of the universe. All the love and knowledge that exists in the universe is now flowing through you. All unpleasant feelings you had inside are not only washing away, but as they fall down off your feet they turn into beautiful sparkling gems. They bounce off your feet landing against the water’s edge creating beautiful healing crystals. How glorious you feel. Enjoy the feeling. Every cell in your body is tingling.
As you move away from the waterfall, see the surface of the water. It’s perfectly still, reflecting your image, like a mirror. See yourself. There you are looking exactly like you want to look—the prefect weight, the perfect shape—your perfect you. Look further into the reflection; see your day as you wish it to progress. See your clients thanking you, a prospect giving you a project, your boss congratulating you on a job well done, a relationship blooming, whatever you desire.
Breathe deeply and swim to the other side of the water. How alive you feel! As you step upon the land, you see a white swing moving in the breeze under a tree. You walk over to it, sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Listen to the birds singing or just enjoy the quiet. Feel divine love fill you up and flow through every cell of your body. Now with everything you do, everywhere you go you will bring this love.
Continue to enjoy the quiet. When you are ready, open your eyes. Feel radiant. Begin your day.
Rosemarie Monaco, M.A. is president of Group M Inc, a public relations and marketing firm. She is an award-winning strategist and writer. After the heartbreaking death of her mother in 2001, she began her journey into spiritualism, studying Buddhism, the original teachings of Christ and a diverse number of other spiritual philosophers including Sai Baba and Martin Luther King Jr. She is a graduate of the Silva Method . The study and practice of deep meditation changed the course of her life, giving her the courage and skills to help others embrace the richness of life.
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Do you know the tell tale signs of someone who’s not in sync with their intuition?
Is there someone in your life who’s always offering advice when you didn’t ask?
Or, telling you what they did for someone else, or how this person is making a big mistake so THEY had to tell them what to do, and how to fix it?
Many times they know and spread all the local gossip too. Remember the Gladys Kravitz character from the television show Bewitched?
These are classic signs that a person is not in touch with their own inner guidance, or intuition.
People who aren’t in sync with their intuition focus on other people’s lives to distract them from their own low self-esteem, lack of accomplishment or boredom with their own lives. When we gossip about, or pay more attention to the problems of others, or focus on people who are in more unfortunate circumstances and try to “fix” them, it’s to distract us from taking a good hard look at our own lives.
When you’re in touch with your intuition, which is really your own inner guidance system, you focus on what’s needed to make your own life a success, rather than on fixing others. You’re open to dealing with your own unconscious blockages, or personality flaws, or behaviors that need attention and, most importantly rather than make excuses you take action.
The person who distracts themselves with others’ lives has put up a wall to block their intuition from coming through. Usually this person feels very inadequate and has many fears. Facing themselves and dealing with their own problems is the scariest prospect of all. It makes them feel better about themselves to be so “helpful” to others.
Arvind Devalia had a great post on his blog, (he has a lot of great posts – not just this one!) Make it Happen, titled, “Why Decluttering Your Friends is Good for You and Them.” His post got me to thinking that these “helpful” types obsession with other people’s lives comes from being disconnected from their own intuition.
A reading I’d done for a woman having trouble with a neighbor came to mind. The neighbor was spreading rumors about this woman for no apparent reason.
The neighbor appeared to be so unhappy in her own life that I felt she was fabricating rumors about the woman I was reading for to deflect attention from her own problems.
While this might be an extreme example – not everyone who’s unhappy with their lives goes around starting rumors about others – you get the picture. The truth is, when we turn our attention outward we do it so that we will no longer “hear” what our inner guidance is trying to tell us.
Whether it’s us, or people we know who are distracting themselves with other people’s lives – the only solution is to dig deep and face the fears we’ve buried . The confidence that comes from dealing with and facing our buried problems bolsters self-esteem and sets the groundwork for overcoming other challenges.
To begin developing your intuitive ear in order to tune-in to what’s blocking you from focusing on your own life start with these 3 simple steps:
1. Tell yourself that you want to have dream that will show you what’s holding you back. Set an intention every evening to remember your dreams in the morning until you do. Make sure to record them immediately. See what unconscious blockages spring to mind when looking over the dream. I suggest you go with your first impression.
2. Find a quiet place in your home where you can focus on your dream. Close your eyes for 5 to 15 minutes and ask your intuition to give you a solution as to how to overcome the blockage revealed in your dream.
3. While in this meditative state take out your journal and answer this question: If I could do anything, or be anything without worrying about money what would it be? Begin writing and don’t sensor yourself. The biggest obstacle to jump-starting intuition is not listening to our own truth. When you stifle who you are you shut down your intuition.
Do you know anyone like this? Have you dealt with this type of personality? What did you do?
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Damn it! I drove right past my appointment’s office.
I can’t believe I did that again I thought, as I merged onto the highway after passing the the street where I should have turned. Two days before, I’d promised to stop in to see a different client on my way home from the office and remembered only as I pulled into my driveway. Each time I had to make a U-turn in my route and head back to where I was supposed to be.
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