Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Why success is a lousy teacher

“Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.”“Success is a lousy teacher,“ says Bill Gates, one of the worlds’ most successful businessmen. “It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” The greatest lessons in life, he argues, often come not from your successes but from your failures.

Reading biographies of people like Bill Gates, and other people you admire can give you great encouragement along your journey. Whether this is forging a new career path, building your own empire, speaking up against evil, or opening your heart to love.

Love. Love is a wonderful teacher.

“A life without love, is no life at all,”  said Leonardo da Vinci. He’s the inspiration for my new series, The Art of Success

Love is greater than fear, and more powerful than failure. Leonardo pursued his greatest loves – learning, acquiring knowledge and living and working authentically. He used his failures to fuel his success. He wasn’t afraid of trying new things, and he didn’t let setbacks overcome him. In many ways Leonardo da Vinci is just like you and me.

He suffered at times from self-doubt, he had family hassles, some of his efforts resulted in failure, people jealous of his talent tried to undermine him, money worries meant that at times he had to suck it up and do work he didn’t enjoy , and often he had to work for bullies and tyrants. But he didn’t obstacles stop him from doing the work he was born to do. The pursuit of knowledge born of his own enquiry and experience ultimately lead to his success.

Why Leonardo da Vinci Was No Failure

Leonardo da Vinci, Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Dame Wendy Pye, Oprah Winfrey . . . they could have all been considered “failures” at some point in their careers. But failure played such a critical role in their future success.

Check out this video about the failure behind one of the world’s most visited and revered paintings The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci

Doing what you love, as Leonardo did,  is such an important part of success – and persevering in the face of failure.

In my Art of Success survey I loved the question someone said they would have loved to ask Leonardo da Vinci,  “What gave you persistence in spite of the obstacles?”

Setbacks only made Leonardo more determined to succeed. Leonardo once said, “Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.” 

Have I failed?

I’ve failed heaps, and heaps of times. I remember when I went to University as a single mother and mature student just before I turned 30. I absolutely flunked my first exam. But my failure rather than defeating me only strengthened my resolve.

I powered up and armed myself with more knowledge about how to study effectively, and how to retain knowledge and succeed in exams. I still remember the note I pinned on my wall, “I have failed this time but next time I will succeed. I will score 86%. And my faith and hard work was rewarded. In my next exam I scored 87% – a vast improvement on a lowly 16%!

What has failure taught you? 

What can you let it teach you again?  

Tip: Don’t look at setbacks as a negative thing but view them as a reflective tool shining the light on things you may need to improve.

The Art of Success

The focus of my next books, The Art of Success series, is to reveal how the success secrets and strategies of extraordinary artists like Leonardo da Vinci can help you succeed personally and professionally. 

Leonardo’s definition of success was the pursuit of truth and knowledge and the freedom to work and live in the pursuit of his deepest interests and beliefs.

What’s your definition of success? 

What’s holding you back? What’s propelling you forward?

Discover your road blocks, empower your fears, reawaken your dreams and boost your courage. Take the  Art Of Success quiz here

P.S. Happy mother’s day! Whether you’re a mum or not there’s no better time to give birth to your dreams. Maybe like Leonardo you yearn for the freedom and creative control of being your own boss.

If you, or you know anyone else who dreams of being their own boss or is interested in starting a business, please share the link to my Employ Yourself book, or this newsletter with them; and/or ask them to complete my quick Employ Yourself survey. Here’s the link

Mid-Life Career Rescue (Employ Yourself): How to confidently leave a job you hate, and start living a life you  love, before it’s too late

Or even better get the three book bundle, Box Set (Books 1-3): The Call For Change, What Makes You Happy, Employ Yourself here:

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