10. They take responsibility for everything. They blame themselves for any failure or poor performance and don’t entertain excuses.
This is the last of my 10 all-time secrets of most successful students and the most devastating when ignored! If you must become a true genius, then you must hate failure with passion. Real geniuses are allergic to failure and this is what drives them to get committed to excellence through diligence. They’re just uncomfortable with failure!
Now let me share with you the secret about failure. Failure is not the opposite of success! They’re simply twins. For me, they’re co-workers. Both complement each other and make each other relevant. Someone said that success has made failure out of most men. To Fail means:
F = First
A = Attempt
I = In
L = Learning.
Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked him “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” He never failed. He simply discovered 1,000 ways of not producing a light bulb. Failure turns into discovery the moment you learn from it. True success lies in identifying the true cause of failure and addressing it adequately ~ Chizi Daniels. Sumner Redstone said: “great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.”
Every failure has a hidden lesson in it which is meant to make you more equipped and better-experienced after the experience. For everytime you fail, there’s a lesson to learn. That we still make mistakes is an indication that we can still improve. You fail because you can still improve the more on yourself; because it’s time to get better. Accept it and grow, reject it (blame others) and stunt!
When you blame others, it cuts you short from learning from your errors and mistakes. Successful students are those who learn from their mistakes by taking responsibility for their failure and learning from it. They don’t give excuses, they blame themselves to learn from their mistakes! Like Florence Nightengale once told: “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” Experience has taught me that excuses could be cancerous to success.
The lazy student will prefer to blame everyone; ranging from the teacher, the student that sat beside him, his paper, his pen, his seat and even the clothes he wore on the exam day!
Know this: you’re the cause of your failure! No one is to be blamed or praised for your failure or success except you! You’re simply what you make out of yourself; because of the power of choice.
But come to think of it: why is it that we take pride in our success but reject our failure? We prefer to attribute it to others. No! You’re the one to blame. Take it or leave it; for everytime you didn’t get the highest score, it means that there’s something you should have added that you didn’t add. Why not learn from your mistakes and make yourself better? Whenever you’re able to discover the cause of your failure and learn from it so that it no longer makes you fail; it instantly translates into success ~ that’s the secret of failure.
Listen to Henry Ford: “Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”
It’s time to take responsibility for your actions and improve on yourself. It’s time to learn and begin again, this time, more intelligently!
You’re just a step away from your greatness; but until you take that step! Goodluck…
Yours truly motivational,
The Academic Coach.