The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Did you know:
- Milton Hershey was fired as a printer’s apprentice, He then tried to start three candy companies, all failed, before launching the Lancaster Caramel Company and the Hershey Company making chocolate, a treat for the rich, a household name.
- Lucille Ball’s [I Love Lucy] movies failed yet she became the first woman to run a major television studio.
- Sir James Dyson produced 5,126 failed prototypes and spent fifteen years as well as his savings before his vacuum cleaner succeeded.
- J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone while a struggling mother on welfare. After twelve rejections, a publisher bought the manuscript for USD equivalent of $4,000. Rowling is now worth $1 billion.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s words this week encourage leaps of faith while recognizing that such notions can be frightening. What if the jump leads to a crash and burn? Here are answers from those who’d know:
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” —James Cameron
“What matters is this: Being fearless of failure arms you to break the rules. In doing so, you may change the culture and just possibly, for a moment, change life itself.” —Malcolm Mclaren
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” —Henry Ford
Succeed and Soar!
7/18 Sunday: Nelson Mandela World Day
7/18 Sunday: World Listening Day
7/19 Monday: FREE Ice Cream. Here’s how to get yours.
7/20 Tuesday: National Lollipop Day [Still treasuring my last, couple Candy Cane Tootsie Roll pops from Christmas!] 7/21 Wednesday: National Hotdog Day Here are great, vegan [carrot] hotdog recipes.
7/23 Friday: National Gorgeous Grandma Day [I better start glamorizing!]
Succeed and Soar’s “Eleanor’s Insights” series is illustrated with photographs of ‘wild places.’ This post’s featured image was taken in a shallow ‘cave’ behind a waterfall while camping with my daughters and grandson. The image seems an ideal match for this post. Sometimes the barrier to our brightest possibilities is not a wall. It’s fresh, cleansing water.
Art is available as prints on assorted, high-quality papers, framed and on canvas with various borders and widths.