Posts Tagged With: Faith and success

#17. Dealing with failure

One of the inevitable hurdles that we all have to overcome on the road to success is failure. Failure is something rarely talked about and yet it is a part of the journey to success. A friend once said ‘everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die’. I’ve been musing over this one for a while now and I thought I would put a different spin on it: everyone wants to be a success, but no one wants to fail in the process. We all want that straight perfect trajectory, yet the reality is a bunch of ups and downs, a jagged edged zigzag of a journey. Alot of what differentiates  success stories is not the lack of failure, but success in spite of failure. To put it another way

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall – Nelson Mandela

So how do we deal with failure?

1. Acknowledge your role in the failure – no blame game

The easiest thing to do when we fail is to blame others. And while someone else probably had some role to play in the process, ultimately our way of overcoming is to acknowledge our own personal role in it. You could blame the system, racism, sexism and any other -ism on the planet but in reality, you dis-empower yourself by doing that. If you keep holding on to the fact that the ‘system’ did it or your boss did it, or your parents or whomever, then you’ll never learn the invaluable lesson that that failure was there to teach you. A lot of the times we are just too proud to admit that we messed up. But remember pride comes before a fall. This is the yuckiest part but once you’re do so it gets better.

2. The 5 minute maximum pity party – 5MMPP Continue reading

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#8. Life is a gift

I had no part in my birth. I didn’t supervise, I didn’t direct, I didn’t call “Action!”

In fact, my earliest memory was when I was about 3 years old. I have flashbacks of moving house, or are they stories that I have heard my parents retell over the years that have now become memories, even though I wasn’t really conscious in the moment? I am not sure. All I know is that my earliest memory dates back to when I was around 3 or 4 years old. Before that, I was unaware. Most of us are like that though about life. We go about it unaware. Unconscious of the fact that each day is a gift. Each moment is a gift. It often takes a jarring moment, a near-death-experience, the loss of a loved one to come to grips with the fact that life is a gift, not to be taken for granted, not to be assumed.

We often forget that life is a gift. Continue reading

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#7. Inspiring success stories – Tyler Perry

I absolutely LOVE biographies – there’s nothing like the stories of the journey to success to inspire you as you go along your own journey. They reveal so much character and help you appreciate all that a person has gone through to get to the final product including the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Tyler Perry’s story is one of those inspirational ones. One of the ways in which I relate to Tyler is that he was watching the Oprah show and heard about the therapeutic effect of writing, so he began to write, and write and write. His faith also played a key role in healing and overcoming past pains and hurts. It was from writing and writing and writing, that his plays were birthed. Using his savings of $12,000, he put out his first play, I know I’ve been Changed. 

Tyler has been criticized for his Madea character, I put that in the category of ‘haters are gon’ hate’ and he does the same too. He’s ignored this and gone ahead to be a role mode, philanthropist and a game changer in the film industry.

Tyler Perry,  born Emmitt Perry Jr., September 13, 1969

Occupation: Actor,  Author, Screen and playwright, Producer, Director, Song writter

Best Known for: Diary of a Mad Black Woman (his big break); Madea’s Family Reunion and other Madea films

Net worth: Last estimated to be $646 million but he has declined to be on the Forbes richest list

Education: GED

Interesting Box Office Trivia: Only film maker to have 5 films open at #1 at the box office in the last 5 years. His 8 films grossed less than $418 million and cost less than $10 million to make.

Tyler Perry identifies himself as a devout Christian and attributes his success to the grace of God. Is it just me, or are you surprised the he has  GED for his education? That just makes his story that much richer. He put out this video on how to be successful and he talks about working hard, believing in yourself and never giving up (in his own words of course!) Ok go on and watch it!

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#5. How do you define success?

The bible calls Joseph, the dreamer, successful. In fact, he was called a success when he was a slave. That baffles me to no end. Here’s the part that really gets me: it says The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man (Genesis 39.2a).


It doesn’t say, Joseph had tons of money and he was a successful man. In today’s money driven, overnight-success-crazed society, it is hard to imagine that one would be called a success while he was a slave. On the contrary success has become synonymous with money. Continue reading

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