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How Did These Billionaires Approach Failure?

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Everyday all of us deal with failures.

Some are big – “OMG I just had a car accident.”

Some are small – “WTF why no organic cronuts left.”

And some are just downright ridiculous – “My fantasy football captain went down injured in the first minute”.

Yet, there are various moments in our life when we have LIFE-defining failures.

You know, the ones which brings you to your knees and you try to squeeze out a tear – but even your tear glands shake its head at you.

“Yes I would, if I could, I surely would”.

Life is hard.

It’s not just us mere mortals who have to go through with failure.

Today’s post is courtesy of Visual Capitalist via QuickBase both excellent websites with insightful and informative graphics.

It highlights 10 Billionaires and how they encountered failure – then kept going.

“It shows us that experiencing massive failures is common to even the most financially successful individuals – and it’s how one get through these tough events that really counts”.

Have a look at all the failures and obstacles they encountered!

Financial ruin, emotional despair and some faced the very worst- physical and mental trauma.

But you know, their standing today resulted from an unerring perseverance to success, the grit and determination to not yield in the face of adversity.

What can we take away from this?

Not that we must grind our way to be the next Jack Ma or Oprah Winfrey (go ahead if you must), but to learn that the greatest amongst us achieved their greatness because they realized that life is hard.

That you don’t  measure your success through the size of your wallet, but rather the amount of setbacks you’ve scaled to be where you are today.

That life is a journey full of setbacks and turmoil and uncertainty.

Visual Capitalist has a Winston Churchill quote which states:

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.

But I prefer another quote attributed to the great Statesman.

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going”.

Now where did that cronut go…

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2 Comments

  • Hugzy

    Love it… keep going mr samurai, i cant wait to share that thorg…. i mean… see u lift that fantasy trophy aloft ala stevie g in athens

    Obvious question: please share ur darkest moments… ur biggest setback

    • The Frugal Samurai

      hahaha Urban Dictionary defines thorg as a big, ugly and a very strong being that has problems with women… how FITTING.

      Will do will do, been thinking LONG and hard about the setbacks, and there’s been HEAPS.

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