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Rich DeVos and Jay VanAndel failed at many businesses before they formed Amway Corporation.

They sank a ship in the Caribbean and started a flight school even though neither knew how to fly.
Donald Trump has failed many times and went bankrupt many times. But has always picked himself up, restarted the journey and fought through adversity to acquire even more wealth than before.
Dave Thomas didn't start Wendy's until he was in his 60's.
Colonel Sanders didn’t start Kentucky Fried Chicken until very late in life.
Grandma Moses didn't start painting until very late in life and went on to become a prolific and talented artist.
What is your purpose, what is your life going to be like in 20 years?
Will you be able to look back and say, "I'm glad I was bold, I am glad I took chances."
Will your life leave a legacy of great things for your children and grand children?
Or will you be asking why the government isn't giving you a bigger social security check so you can make ends meet?
Will you be asking your children for financial help?
Will you be remembered for the great things you did and be in a position to help people with achieving their own dreams?
Or will you be working at Wal-Mart as a greeter?
Ask any retiree what they regret in their life and you will never hear them say "I regret that I was too bold in life."
You will likely hear that they regret that they missed opportunities because of fear.
You will hear that they regret not trying because of the possibility of failure or criticism.
As we grow from infancy, we learn to walk by falling down.
We learn to ride a bike by falling down and getting back up.
Our process of learning involves failing toward success. When we enter school we are curious and full of optimism.
School does a good job of taking this curiosity away by allowing only the curriculum answers to be the correct answers.
Albert Einstein was a university teacher and after one of his final exams he was asked by his assistant "Why did you give the same exam this year that you gave last year?"  Einstein replied, "The answers have changed."
Answers change all the time and children as well as adults need to understand that the answers can and often do change.
Students need to be allowed to challenge the answers as they seek the truth.
The problem teachers’ face today is that they are overwhelmed with more students in the classroom than they can handle.
They then do not have time to really teach and are forced to mainstream students.
If Leonardo Davinci and Michelangelo were alive today, they would both very likely be on Ritalin.
How many geniuses are being drugged into submission and conformity today?

"this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets." Michael Korda

"Failure is success if we learn from it." Malcolm Forbes

 

"The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure." Laurence J. Peter

 

"It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done." Samuel S. Miles

 

"One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure." John W. Gardner

 

"If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

"I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try." Nikki Giovanni

 

"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." Johnny Cash

 

"We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world." Charles Kettering

 

"The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success." Paramahansa Yogananda