Well-managed failure is one of opportunity’s favorite disguises, waiting for a fresh start. One of the greatest examples of this concept happened a century ago. George Washington Carver said, “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses”. In 1915, the residents of Coffee County, AL, had every reason to make excuses – they were nearly starving due to the destruction of the cotton crop by boll weevils. But rather than make excuses for the situation, Carver suggested growing peanuts instead of cotton. Carver had conducted years of research on alternative crops and developed innovative uses for peanuts, making soaps, plastics, inks, chemicals, and cosmetics from peanut-derived substances. Coffee County prospered from this no-nonsense, no-excuse handling of the cotton crop disaster. There is a secret that you and I must believe if we are going to achieve our dreams… each day brings a fresh start!
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”. - Henry Ford
“We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice”. - Stephen Covey