We’ve all been there. Repeating things in the hope that we’ll get better at them. That we SUCCEED.
Sometimes we do. Most of the times we don’t. Or at least not as quickly as we wish.
Now let me introduce you to this guy: We can say he’s had some minor setbacks. Some major ones, too. In fact so many, put together they even make a nice list:
- 1831 – Lost his job
- 1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
- 1833 – Failed in business
Guys, I don’t know about you, but at this stage I’d be pretty depressed. But here we go, a success:
- 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature
- 1835 – Sweetheart died
- 1836 – Had nervous breakdown
- 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
- 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
Again, at this point I’d have thought that someone up there is trying to tell me I’m just SO not cut out for this job.
And then look at that:
- 1846 – Elected to Congress
- 1848 – Lost re-nomination
- 1849 – Rejected for land officer position
- 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
- 1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
- 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
We certainly can’t say this guy hasn’t tried!
- 1860 – ABRAHAM LINCOLN was elected as U.S. President
Honestly, I’m not sure I would have made it through this list of setbacks. Would you have?
I’m trying my luck with some new yoga postures I’d like to introduce into my practice, and have to admit that minor successes are usually followed by more setbacks. Now this inspirational story has perseverance, patience and motivation written all over it, something I should take with me on the mat.
Oh and of course there’s always Pattabhi Jois’ reply to a student asking how many times one has to do a posture until mastering it: “1000 times”, he replied.
And having said all that, success is not the only thing in life (see, there’s always that back door ;)). Sometimes it’s OK just to enjoy yourself!
Have a wonderful rest of the year with lots of laughter, joy and yoga in your life,
PS: The man himself said: Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other!
In case you haven’t seen this video, here’s another (much more recent but equally amazing) success story.