Nothing can take the place of persistence, talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will
not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the
world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless we live so
cautiously that we might as well not have lived at all, in which case,
we have failed by default.
are capable of more than we know. We should choose a goal that seems
right for us and strive to be the best, however hard the path; aim high;
honorably; prepare to be alone at times, and endure failure. Persist!
The world needs all we can give.
inspiring narrative inspired by the writing of Karim Wasfy
about a man
who turned around disappointment and failure into a huge success after
realizing that he was capable of achieving more than he knew.
A Jobless man
applied for the position of “office boy” at Microsoft. The HR manager
interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test. “You are
employed” he said. “Give me your e-mail address and I’ll send you the
application to fill in, as well as date when you may start.
The man replied “But I don’t have a computer, neither an email”. “I’m sorry”,
said the HR manager. If you don’t have an email, that means you do not exist.
And who doesn’t exist, cannot have the job.”
The man left with no hope at all. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 in
his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato
crate. He then sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two
hours, he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three
times, and returned home with $60.
The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go everyday
earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled every day. Shortly,
he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery
Five years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US. He
started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance. He
called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan. When the conversation
was concluded the broker asked him his email. The man replied, “I don’t have an
email.” The broker answered curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have
succeeded to build an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you
had an e mail?!!” The man thought for a while and replied, “Yes, I’d be an
office boy at Microsoft!”
is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on
frustration. Sometimes it is built on catastrophe.
of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to
success when they gave up.
By Tim Pedrosa