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Motivational Minute: "I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work"


Never give up (

said Mr. Thomas Alva Edison. Me - I've failed so many times I'm almost afraid to count, and no, I am not ashamed. I tried and tried and to no avail, when it got down to it, I just couldn't measure up. As the little French mouse in the Tom and Jerry cartoons used to say, C'est la vie.

At least that was my attitude when I had taken my Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification for the second time, and failed. During my first attempt I wasn’t as certain as I was the second time. The first time I didn’t study as much nor did I have any interest in the title that came with passing the test. I had already spent three years in grad school getting a Masters degree in human resource management so what difference would a two hour test make? At the time my response was, no difference at all. But, when I failed the second time, I was angry. I studied hard and long and I went into that testing center on Saturday morning like Lebron James on game night. I was ready to take it to the hoop and make a slam dunk. But, I failed; told myself that ‘tests’ just aren’t my thing, but what I was really saying was, “I’m scared to death of failing again.” Now all of that has changed.

I’m ready. I'm ready to study for the next six months and work on becoming Lebron all over again but this time I will dominate every practice session and master every jump shot. This time, I will make a slam dunk.

The message in all of this is that you can NEVER quit, for any reason. You’ve got to stay in the game and do whatever it takes to win. If you ascribe to be a writer - write all the time, any and everywhere you can; want to be a florist - take a botany class, plant a garden, volunteer as a landscaper; whatever you do, just don’t give up.

Regardless of how many times you have not succeeded, you only fail when you quit trying.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Alva Edison (inventor)

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