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Get out of our own way

When you think of your journey thus far, how have the bumps in the road impacted you? Have you had any stretches of smooth pavement or are you just climbing through one rut after another? Are you growing tired of fighting such diversity? Perhaps you are questioning that your efforts have all been for nothing, and you just want to give up?

I could only be so lucky to have a bit of the persevering spirit that Thomas Edison had in his trial and error process in the success of the lightbulb!
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With a bit of research about failure and triumph, I found an article from the HuffingtonPost.com.

As the article stated, “Bill Gates' first business failed… [His partner was quoted as saying] "Even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later."

“Albert Einstein didn't speak until he was four years old.” The article explained that Einstein’s teachers didn’t think he would make anything out of his life. He sure showed them!

“Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten. Franklin's parents could only afford to keep him in school until his tenth birthday. That didn't stop the great man from pursuing his education. He taught himself through voracious reading, and eventually went on to invent the lightning rod and bifocals.”

As an artist, I can appreciate the sale of artwork. But I had no idea that, as the Post detailed, “Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.”

If you are a writer who is trying to get published you can imagine how discouraging this process is and how debilitating continued rejection might be but the Huffington Post shared, “Stephen King's first novel was rejected 30 times.”

And, today, as you overcome the darkness by turning on the light think of the perseverance of Thomas Edison. The article described, “Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the lightbulb. [they say the number of failures are disputed ranging from 1,000 to 10,000]. His response to his repeated failures? ‘I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.’”

I’m hoping by sharing these interesting facts, it might inspire you to keep pushing forward. Sometimes we just have to get out of our own way once we’ve put an insight into action; let God work out the details. Just because the path doesn’t open the way we’ve strategized, it doesn’t mean we have failed.

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