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Grace Note for February 6, 2016

Most people see failure as a disaster to be avoided at all costs. But failure doesn’t have to be the end, sometimes it can be the means to a very successful end. Thomas Edison said, “I failed my way to success.”

Ken Olan is a motivational speaker who has given a new twist to the word “fail.” He uses it as an acrostic for Final Attempt In Life. Failure occurs if we give up and quit. Citing a Harvard Business School study, Olan described how important a don’t-quit attitude is for the equation of success. Harvard noted there are three aspects of success that can be best understood by drawing a triangle. The left side of the triangle is knowledge, the right side is skill, and the baseline on which these two rest is attitude. That’s because their research found that your attitude carries 93 percent of the weight in determining whether you succeed or fail.

Maybe that’s why Thomas Edison ended up inventing the light bulb. When asked about his numerous failed attempts with the light bulb, Edison remarked, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a two thousand-step process.”

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