I saw this visual and it resonated with me. I thought it was such a good depiction of what success feels like. Its hard to imagine that enduring a series of failures will at some point lead to success, particularly if you’re the one experiencing the failures. But I am sure if you ask Tom Brady right now, he feels pretty damn successful.
At Super Bowl LI Tom Brady led the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit in the third quarter to come back and beat the Atlanta Falcons. At a time when the world was watching and I am sure many assumed total failure for Brady – he rallied.
Notable examples of other epic “failures” turned success stories include:
Oprah Winfrey: she was fired from her first broadcasting job – now she’s a billionaire
Steven Spielberg : he was rejected by University of Southern California’s School for the Cinematic Arts – his films have grossed more than $9 billion.
Walt Disney : he was told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas – just imagine a world without Disney.
Dr. Seuss : his first book was rejected by 27 different publishers – he went on to sell more than 600 million copies worldwide.
Michael Jordan: his own quote says it all
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Innovative companies are often faced with challenges that many would perceive as “failures” which can be deflating, distracting and make you want to quit. But the exact thing that makes you want to quit – the failure – is actually what is setting you up for success. So next time you feel like quitting, think of Tom Brady.