Don’t be put off achieving your destiny, even if you have experienced failure in your life. This video mentions well known people who had failed, but kept pressing on until they became successful.

Category: Psychology, Video

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21 Responses to “Life = Risk”

  1. Very inspirational. Given his vicissitudes (and his own experience inventing), is it any wonder that Lincoln was more in touch with the needs of inventors?

    http://brokensymmetry.typepad.com/broken_symmetry/2008/04/lessons-from-li.html

    and

    http://brokensymmetry.typepad.com/broken_symmetry/2008/05/ip-is-not-an-as.html

  2. VennData says:

    Media = Fibs – aka Someone’s lying…

    Saudis to boost oil output after US pressure

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/be0d6daa-2347-11dd-b214-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

    Saudis Rebuff Bush on Oil

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121092659447698421.html?mod=hpp_us_whats_news

  3. engineer al says:

    Harry Truman. The “senator from Pendergast”. Failed farmer and haberdasher by 38 years old. But, he did okay after that.

    James Michener. He was an old man of 40 before he had his first successful novel with “Tales of the South Pacific”. He went on to do okay with 75 million copies of his novels in print, not to mention the movies his books sired.

  4. bdg123 says:

    The dirtiest word in the English language is can’t. The worst thing to tell a child is no. It can corrupt a child’s mind for life. There is no such thing as impossible. We are only limited by the voices in our head. If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried.

    Sam Walton didn’t open the first Wal-mart until the age of 43. Ray Kroc didn’t ring the bell until later in life.

    “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

    The U.S. is very unique in the sense that people’s lives are born and reborn time and again through transformation. Not always by choice or personal desire but some of the brutality of our style of capitalism leads to the ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ syndrome.

  5. estaban says:

    My son is a psych major and he said that ther prevailing view is that people who stop tryng fail. It seems just as possible to go on failing. What I would love know what is percent of those who bumble through life, never having reached success, versus those who have “succeeded”. Sucess and failure are such a subjective terms.

  6. dSmith says:

    What if you’re destined to be a failure?

  7. Pausebreak says:

    “What if you’re desinte to be a failure?

    Then your life can serve as an example to others!

  8. otto piloto says:

    Thanks, I needed that.

  9. brion says:

    in 1977 he started his first company. He got friends to invest in various drilling ventures that mostly went nowhere…He involved the entire nation in the “greatest strategic disaster in United States history”. He left a major American city to drown and oversaw the greatest trade and budget deficits in American history. He approved torture policies which further diminished America’s standing in the world….

    That man was…..

    aww fuck it.

  10. engineer al says:

    Colonel Sanders was running a filling station at 40 years of age. He didn’t sell his first KFC franchise until he was 65.

  11. Average Joe says:

    Thanks, Barry. I needed that!

  12. If you want to add some more sizzle to your never give up mentality, or if you need a compelling reason to find one, check out 212 The Extra Degree.

    I read the book, now I love the movie, thee site and the concept. I am not affiliated and do not even know the guy, but he is full of incite.

    http://www.212movie.com/

  13. David says:

    Barry great blog!
    Life Comes At You Fast!
    Faith, Hope, Love.
    “Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.”
    William Shakespeare

  14. Greg0658 says:

    That was a good PSA

    My buddy was surf’g Napster and I took a liking to this song and checked out Steve Vai this morning; Elusive Light & Sound Vol.1; you might like it BR; my impression he’s a session artist

    found it “Celluloid Heros” video by MewMegan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HWJyMb_RLc

  15. lurker says:

    Life=Risk
    unless you are the CEO!!!!!!
    Ain’t capitalism grand?!!!

  16. GREAT video. A must watch.

  17. me says:

    Well brion, was he a success or FAILURE?

  18. Linda P. says:

    Am I the only one that finds it refreshing to see a child smiling and riding a bike without a helmet?

  19. brion says:

    well me,

    he went on to acquire great PERSONAL wealth……

  20. Lloyd says:

    If failure = success—then George Bush will become th most successful U.S. President ever!

  21. BR,

    good of you to post such. to me, it’s rather amazing that messages of affirmation are so seldom found-in most fora..

    also, your turn on Kudlow showed, in living color, the Truth of the adage: “Discretion is the better part of Valor.”