Say what you want about Mark Cuban. These are really good words and advice from him. We know Mark Cuban as the successful business man and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, who has a net worth of over $3 billion dollars and counting. What people forget or don’t know is that he failed many times in business to get to this point in his life.
I think many of us can relate to Mark Cuban and just anyone period. We have all failed at something at some point of our lives. For many of us, we look at failures as a permanent situation, and don’t move forward from it. Think about the list of many others who have failed and became successful in their lives:
R. H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
Winston Churchill: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn’t always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
Tom Landry: As the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Landry brought the team two Super Bowl victories, five NFC Championship victories and 270 wins as a head coach (3rd all time). He also has the distinction of having one of the worst first seasons on record (winning no games) and winning five or fewer over the next four seasons.
Sean “P.Diddy” Combs: Before singing about “It’s All About The Benjamins” and generating a net worth of over $735 million dollars (and counting), Sean Combs was fired from Uptown Records. Rather than giving up on his dream, he went on to open up his own record label Bad Boy Records and the rest is history. Today he runs his own clothing line Sean Jean, owns restaurants, and runs other successful ventures.
Babe Ruth: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
The common sense point here is simple. Everyone experiences setbacks and failures in their lives. The people who become successful and achieve their goals take personal responsibility for their success. They set high goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them. They also react positively to the people and events in their lives – especially the negative people and events.
Remember that failure is temporary. We are all capable of greatness and becoming the best we can be. It’s just a matter of how bad we really want success!