Few years ago as I was chatting with one of my mentors, he told me a real life story of a man who is known as one of the most phenomenal successes in the recent times.The person was Thomas Alva Edison.
The story of this person who we now know as a genius was once declared by his school as “addled”, one with some mental illness.
How did he then become the genius we know today?
After his school had thrown him out declaring him unfit for formal education, his teacher mother fought against the school administration.
Unfortunately she could not win her case against them. But before she left the school premises she said to the school authorities, “So what if you are not ready to teach him, I will school my child on my own.”
And the rest is history we all know.
The mother infused into his child that he is completely normal and is actually the genius that his school failed to understand. The same thought was time and again put into his thinking arch, so that he starts believing on himself as one .
But this was not enough. The problem with which he was born persisted and he continued to struggle.
He failed 10,000 times to actually invent the bulb in the 10,001 th time.
Many years later when someone asked him, how could he keep himself going on and on, even after so many failures. He replied “I never failed, today I know 10,000 ways of how a bulb cannot be invented”
So whenever you read or hear about any such person who has phenomenally turned the tables upside down to achieve success, you would surely find the following common attributes:
1. They do not accept rejections or failures. They do not judge themselves based on the output of their performance. They learn from their failures. They either win or learn.
2. They take complete ownership of their actions. They do not blame others for their circumstances.
3. They take every failure as a failed attempt. They take it as a momentary ; a temporary failure.
4. They take criticisms as not ‘stones being thrown at me’ but as areas of improvement.
5. They set goals that are specific and bound by time. In case they fail to succeed or succeed within that timeframe, they change or improvise their action plan.
6. They do not focus or research too much about their causes of failure, rather they focus on their strengths and build upon them within that time. It is because they just learn and move forward.
7. They do not stress themselves too much on one thing for very long. They just take a break and then with renewed energy attempt in a different way.
8. They just believe on one thing “Accomplishment of the goal” and take all the interim failed attempts as stepping stones to the ultimate destination.
9. They remain thoroughly positive all the time and do not get negatively affected by the external factors that are opposing or challenging.
10. They express gratitude to all that they have in the present and continuously thank each and everyone coming into their life for or against the purpose of their life.
Happy reading !!!