The Power Of A Quote

The Power Of A Quote

I’ve always used quotes to inspire me when I’m going through a rough period. Usually if I need help or encouragement with a certain thing I’m going through, I’ll put a keyword in Google images such as courage, inner peace, happiness, powerful, anger, and up come thousands of picture quotes.

I’ve always used quotes to inspire me when I’m going through a rough period. Usually if I need help or encouragement with a certain thing I’m going through, I’ll put a keyword in Google images such as courage, inner peace, happiness, powerful, anger, and up come thousands of picture quotes. Also, I have a smartphone, so I went to the Google Play Store and found an app called Inspirational Quotes. There are many free apps that give you access to many inspirational quotes, for when you need them. You know how there are some quotes that don’t move or inspire you? Well, with this app, I have found a myriad of quotes which really make me think, but one really stands out: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”- Winston Churchill

“Failure isn’t fatal” really resonated with me. It can be applied to so many situations. Let’s face it, taking risks in life can be terrifying because we equate failure with emotional pain and suffering. Around the time that I discovered this quote, I was thinking about getting a waitressing job, and I had a lot of fear of making a fool out of myself at work. When I thought about failing at it; i.e., dropping a glass of water on a guest, I thought I would feel like crap and never want to try anything again. But then it occurred to me that if I messed up at this job, at least I tried!

I started college at Western Connecticut State University in 2005, and I dropped out in 2007 for personal reasons. Sometimes when I think about it, it feels like one of the biggest failures in my life, especially now because a lot of people my age are ahead of me career-wise. Now I’m looking into taking Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology. It has taken me a long time to go back to school to finish my degree, and it has taken a lot of courage to move forward.

Did you know Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because he lacked imagination? According to Kevin Chung’s blog, Marketing Your Art the Right Way, even someone as famous as Walt Disney had obstacles on their path to success.

Our society tends to highlight successes and hide failures.  Princeton assistant professor of psychology and public affairs Johannes Haushofer, whose “CV of failures” has gone viral, wrote, “Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me.”   

And then comes the last part of the quote, which I found to be very powerful: “What counts is the courage to go on.” So, even though we feel like failing is the end of the world, we have within us the courage to move forward and move past the failure. When something goes wrong in my life, I always think about this part of the quote because having courage is something that I do have control over.

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