On Your Bike!

on your bike

This was a favoured expression as I was growing up and even into adulthood as a phrase for telling people where to go if their presence was unwanted or what they had to say not appreciated. It reminds me that we all are capable of failing to some degree at challenges we might face on our particular road to success.

Belief in yourself and what you embark on is essential should you be pursuing success, and who is not in this life? You might be aware of a litany of apparent failures that have spurred on many successful ‘greats’ in every field of human endeavour. The realisation that making mistakes is how we learn has enabled some ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results.

Thomas Edison for example had thousands of attempts at inventing the light bulb, including blowing up three laboratories. He didn’t know how to fail and had no intention of finding out, despite his friends telling him to try something else. He had merely found ways that didn’t result in the electric light bulb. But thanks to his perseverance, his ultimate success along that particular path led him to his most famous invention. There were many patents as a result of trial and error and a never-say-die attitude.

Becoming President of the United States is currently an interesting pinnacle of perceived success, and the outcome for today’s incumbent is arguably of particular interest for the world in general. I mention this because one of the most ‘failed’ public figures in business and politics, who even suffered a nervous breakdown became a wise statesman and great President of the United States at 52 years of age: that was Abraham Lincoln! Can you believe that Albert Einstein was destined for failure on a mammoth scale, according to his schoolteacher? Then we have Winston Churchill, who was reportedly a poor scholar, as well as Charles Darwin, Hans Christian Andersen, General George Paton and even Leonardo da Vinci. So much for the system at schools then and even now that labels failures because of examination results. Could it be that the ‘tests’ are at fault?

The overriding conclusion as I see it is that failure cannot live with persistence since even the above ‘failed’ much of the time. Therefore, accept that we don’t learn by getting things right and making mistakes provides possibilities of our becoming a success!

Commitment is the answer to our moving forward on our ‘bikes’ and achieving whatever we sincerely set our minds on achieving. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, and the chance to draw back which results in ineffectiveness. These are the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who also said:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now!”

So, on your bike and keep peddling,

Cheers for now, John Mulvey 0411 541 899 – john@creativepresentations.com.au

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