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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

Fall down and get back up. Stick-to-it-iveness. Persistence. Some of the greatest success stories have come from failing, and trying again. Failure is not the enemy, but the discouragement that may arise from it can be paralyzing and dream-destroying. Some of the greatest success stories come from failing, recalculating, and moving forward toward a goal. Think of Colonel Sanders and Abraham Lincoln. How many of us would have the strength and the will to try again after suffering Sanders’ 1,009 rejections and Lincoln’s staggering personal and professional failures? For them, defeat was a detour, not a dead end. It is a worthy lesson for all of us.

Do you give up when the going gets tough OR work toward your dreams?

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