Welcome to a new year!

A new year is time for new plans, new goals, and new ideas.

It is also a time for second chances.

So, let’s talk about failures.


Thomas Edison, inventor of the phonograph (forerunner of the record player), the light bulb, and the movie camera, was told in school that he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

Walt Disney, according to the newspaper editor who fired him,
Dr. Seuss, Oprah Winfrey, and Thomas Edison: They had all failed--or thought they had. What failure would you like a second chance with? Write your story.

“lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Oprah Winfrey, famed TV talk-show host, was fired from her first television job.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) wrote a children’s book titled And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, which was rejected by 27 publishers before finding a home.

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was a flop. It never gained popularity until after his death.

You can read about these and other “failures” here.

What do these folks all have in common?

They didn’t let their failures define them. They didn’t quit after a failure. They pushed on to be successes.

Now it’s your turn: This is your opportunity for a second chance. What failure in 2014 would you like to turn into a success in 2015? What failure occurred in your life that you would like a second chance at combatting? What habit, event, competition, contest, moment, or idea would you like to turn around? Write your ideas, your plans, your story, or your thoughts.

For a prompt on Samson and fixing last year’s mistakes, click here.

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