Photo Left To Right: Mary Kay Ash, Marian Anderson, Abraham Lincoln
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We continue our introspective look at courage by examining the depth of failure in our lives that either cripple us or make us stronger.
Everyone fails at something. If you live long enough you will experience failure. Most babies learn to walk by stumbling, teetering over and plopping to the floor in amazement….only to get up and try it all over again. That’s failure in action.
With each step in life we fail on one front or another. A difficult marriage collapsing. A job that implodes. A business that just doesn’t have enough bandwidth to make it.
How we view these failures will make them teachable moments or incidences that can keep us frozen time.
Today we’ll explore the heroic lives of six notable Americans whose failures did not stop their paths to success.
They turned their setbacks into amazing roadmaps to their legendary futures.
Six Great Americans Facing Failure Over Fear
First Woman to Graduate From Medical School in 1849. Rejected by 29 Medical Schools
Bankrupt artist who went on to co-found a 40 billion multimedia conglomerate.
Colonel Harland Sanders
Rejected 6th Grade Dropout left with a secret fried chicken recipe and a social security check.
Mary Kay Ash
Divorcee then widow who sold products door to door to support her children before borrowing money to launch her cosmetics business.
Numerous failures, family tragedies and political defeats riddle the legacy of a man whose laser focused determination saved a country and freed millions of slaves.
When the Daughters of the American Revolution said NO to this acclaimed Black operatic singer, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said YES and helped open the door for her famous Lincoln Memorial open air concert of 75,000 in 1939.
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