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Ways To Focus On Not Giving Up

If you’re one to give up easily, or others perceive you as one to give up easily, then this article on ways to focus on not giving up will be of particular interest to you. It’s highly motivational and written by a reformed drug addict, Adi Jaffe, Ph.D who now writes for Psychology Today. A lot of people regard failure as detrimental to success, or that it creates some kind of stigma. I think failure is key to success, as does Dr Adi Jaffe;

Ways To Focus On Not Giving Up

We’ve all heard these stories–Abraham Lincoln continued to run for office after losing five political races in a row.  Thomas Edison conducted over6000 experiments in two years before he developed a reliable light bulb.  J.K Rowling was rejected by twelve different publishers before finally finding a home for the Harry Potter books and a level of success beyond her wildest imaginings.

As Edison put it: “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

This simple mindset makes all the difference.  For those who will succeed,failure is not an option; it’s not part of their vocabulary.

So how can we mere mortals adopt this sort of thinking, this lexicon of success? How can we develop an unfailing belief in our ability and allow that belief to drive us forward no matter what?  Simply put, we must change our definition of failure and, in doing so, change our relationship with our struggles, our world, and ourselves.

You see, psychologists have long known that the best functioning individuals–those who seem happy and well-adjusted–don’t actually view the world realistically. They consistently overestimate their chances of success and their own performance. You might be thinking to yourself, “Shouldn’t I be striving for as objective a view of reality as I can muster?” Apparently not–not if you want a formula for success.  It may be counter-intuitive, but if the old ways haven’t worked, we don’t have much to lose in trying something different.

Read the full article here

The Element By Sir Ken RobinsonIf these ways to focus on not giving up were motivational and thought provoking for you, then please share. As the author of the article points out, there are a number of highly successful people who have persevered through what must have felt like endless set backs, or what others would perceive as failures. As creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson and author of The Element points out, if we are afraid to be wrong, then we’ll never try anything new, which leads to a lack of creativity. Kids are not afraid to be wrong, but as adults, we perceive being wrong as failure and there is a false sense of stigma attached to it.  Why not regard failure as a temporary set back? Most highly successful entrepreneurs have got something wrong or plenty of things wrong at some stage – if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be where they are today. What do you think?