Learn from Adversity

Leaders never use the word failure. They never think in terms of failure. They recognize valuable lessons, learning experiences, and temporary setbacks, but they never think in terms of failure. Inspirational author Orison Swett Marden wrote, “There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back.”

Thomas J. Watson of IBM was asked by a young executive many years ago, “How can I move ahead more rapidly in my career?” Watson’s reply ...

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