“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
If there was ever someone who knew how to persevere in the face of adversity, it was the UK’s former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. As a child, he barely knew his father, and he felt distant from his own mother. While in boarding school, he struggled academically and hated everything about it. At age 19, he fell ill and slipped into a coma for a few days. Two months after this illness, he attempted to join the Royal Military College, only to be rejected two times. Finally, on his third try, he was able to gain admission and begin his military career.
His life was no walk in the park after getting into military school. His military career was full of trials and tribulations, and even his time as Prime Minister was spent dealing with World War Two, the bombing of Great Britain, and the ever-present threat of a German invasion. Winston Churchill lived a hard life.
But it’s because of his hard life that his quote about success rings true. Churchill wasn’t some rich, well-off trust-fund kid telling you “just keep trying!”; Churchill was someone who intimately knew what it was to struggle, to fail, to give everything you have and it not be enough. Churchill knew what it was like to feel rejected, to feel inadequate, and to feel incapable.
Nevertheless, Churchill also knew that despite these feelings, he had no excuse to give up. He had to keep trying. He realized, very early on in life, that his success depended on his ability to keep bouncing back from failures without losing zeal or enthusiasm. This is a lesson that is timeless and could easily be applied to our everyday life.
Did one business idea not work out? Go for another one.
Get rejected from a job you applied for? Get back out there and try again.
Was your heart broken by somebody? You’re not ruined, and you don’t have to be alone.
Lose all of your money on a bad investment? You still have time to turn this around.
No matter what obstacle you’ve encountered, and no matter how badly you’ve been knocked down, you can always get back up again. In fact, you have to get back up again if you want to move forward.
Be like Churchill – keep going.