Napoleon Hill- Lesson 13: Adversity & Defeat


Individual success usually is in exact proportion of the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered. Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise. Napoleon Hill

The words victim and victor have the same root. The prefix vict means to conquer.  The difference is who is conquered and who is conquered,

There will always be defeats and bumps in the road at times in our lives.  Our choice is to be the victor or the victim. The difference between people who lead happy, successful lives and people who are generally miserable is their perception of and response to setbacks, obstacles and failure.

Elvis Presley was fired from the Gran Ole Opry. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and VP Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale. Teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, received 30 rejections

In his book Failing Forward, John Maxwell says. “… [people] allow failure to get the better of them emotionally, and it stops them from achieving their dreams. …Failure can be very painful–sometimes physically and more often emotionally. Seeing part of your vision fall flat really hurts. And if people heap ridicule on top of your hurt feelings, you feel even worse. The first important step in weathering failure is learning not to personalize it — making sure you know that your failure does not make you a failure. …For many people the pain of failure leads to fear of failure. …That’s when many people get stuck in the fear cycle. And if fear overcomes you, it’s almost impossible to fail forward.”

The choice is always yours you can fall and stay down or you can choose to learn, rise and keep moving forward.

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover
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