The following is one of my favorite YouTube videos.
When you have a vision—when you really believe you can make a difference, do something great, or create something meaningful—you’ve got to learn to allow your critics and failures to motivate you.
Neither one will go away. Both can help you succeed.
Critics fuel your desire; failure is the playground of greatness.
Here’s the text from the video:
Dismissed from drama school with a note that said, “Wasting her time, she’s too shy to put her best foot forward”… Lucille Ball
Turned down by the Decca recording company who said, “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out”… The Beatles
A failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent, at 38 years old he went to work for his father as a handyman… Ulysses S. Grant
Cut from the high school basketball team, he went home, locked himself in his room, and cried… Michael Jordan
A teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything, that he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality… Thomas Edison
Fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no original ideas… Walt Disney
His fiancée died, he failed in business twice, he had a nervous breakdown, and he was defeated in eight elections… Abraham Lincoln
If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.