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How To Recover From Failure

There’s a story told of a preacher who was preaching a message about the fact that no one is perfect.

To prove his point he asked for anyone who was perfect to stand up. To his surprise, one man stood up in the middle of the congregation.

“Do you really think you’re perfect?” The preacher asked. Continue reading


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Overcoming The Agony of Defeat

With the winter Olympics beginning soon the name Vinko Bogatej comes to mind. Anyone remember him?

He was a ski-jumper from Yugoslavia who, while competing in the 1970 World Ski-Flying Championship in Obertsdorf, West Germany, fell off the takeoff ramp and landed on his head. Continue reading


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How To Bounce Back From Failure


“I feel like a failure,” lamented the voice on the other end of the line.

I could hear the hurt.  I could feel the  frustration.  I could envision the embarrassment.  I understood.  I have heard it all through the years.  Moral failures.  Marriage failures. Parenting failures.  Financial failures. Continue reading


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Overcoming Life’s Failures


March Madness is here!

For the non-sports fan, I’m not talking about the weather!  The NCAA basketball tournament begins this week.  If you’re a basketball fan, it’s a great three-week ride.

There will be upsets.  Highs and lows.  Ups and downs.  Incredible plays.  Smiles and tears. Success and failure.  Predictably, there will be a game where a team has a lead, then becomes tentative.  Quits making the plays that put them ahead.  At that point, the color commentator will say, “They’re playing not to lose, instead of playing to win.” Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! When Failure is Not Fatal

John Maxwell has a neat book entitled “Failing Forward.”  The Subtitle is “Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success.”  The thesis is that we all fail.  But some fail backward.  And others fail forward.  Successful people respond positively to their failures.  They learn.  Grow.  And achieve.  Continue reading


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