Category: Inspiration

DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL

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You’ve failed
many times,
although you may not
remember.
You fell down
the first time
you tried to walk.
You almost drowned
the first time
you tried to
swim, didn’t you?
Did you hit the
ball the first time
you swung a bat?
Heavy hitters,
the ones who hit the
most home runs,
also strike
out a lot.
R.H. Macy
failed several
times before his
store in New York
caught on.
English novelist
John Creasy got
753 rejection slips
before he published
564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out
1,330 times,
but he also hit
714 home runs.
Don’t worry about
failure.
Worry about
the chances you miss
when you don’t
even try.

– Harry J. Gray, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United Technologies in a 1981 ad on the back page of the Wall Street Journal

[DAVE’S COMMENT: I taped this poem the the back of my bedroom door through high school. In college I retyped it and taped it to my bathroom mirror. It has inspired me time after time since I first saw it almost thirty years ago. Thanks, Harry.]