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I just got back from a walk with Gary, my husband.  I had some nice things happen this week and Gary said “it is the fruit of your hard work.”  I said, “do you remember coming to my office door every day and saying that you sure wished I was getting something for all that hard work”.  He did…because he remembered feeling it for me.

The thing is…sometimes it doesn’t happen all at once.  Sometimes you fail a whole lot of times before you get it right.  The only way to get there is to be stubborn, persistent and keep going until it happens.  Then, it all comes together in the most beautiful way.

Sometimes it has nothing to do with failures, it is just a slow process.

It was that way for my son too.  He is a nuclear physicist.  While he was working toward his doctorate, he did research.  Do you know what he did every day?  He turned knobs.  He built this machine that was a combination of lasers and scopes (I am sure I am simplifying it)…and he turned knobs…and it was boring…but he had a purpose and kept doing it.  He ended up (after months of  knob turning) cutting back nuclear radiation detection time from weeks to seconds.  It was a big deal…from a lot of little moves.

Henry Ford went broke 5 times before he finally succeeded.

Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lack of imagination”.

Charles Darwin’s dad thought he was a lazy dreamer.

Babe Ruth had the right idea…”every strike brings me closer to my next home run”.

Tips to Keep on Going

  1.   Always remember your why…put it on as a screensaver if you have to.
  2.   Try a different direction.  If it doesn’t work one way…try it another.
  3.   Share it with 20 more people.
  4.   Focus on one step at a time.
  5.   It is okay to be out of your comfort zone.
  6.   Don’t compare yourself to others.
  7.   Remember, every failure is really a win.  It is part of your path to success.

Share below some of your experiences with failure and success.  Why will you NOT give up?




  1. mary kerwin

    Loved this post! It’s a great reminder that (1) it’s hard to see the forest through the trees, (2) a mistake is only fatal if you don’t learn from it, and (3) to keep moving forward. Oh, and there’s always that “success doesn’t happen overnight.
    Thanks! I needed that. 😉

  2. Mary Blackburn

    Cathy, your posts almost always come when I need to hear what you have to say the most. A little over a week ago, I was in a terrible slump. My business wasn’t going the way I expected it to and I was quite down. I vowed I was not going to give up, and I forced myself to push through the slump. My business seems to be moving a lot slower than I think it should, but I’m too stubborn to give up, and you have just reminded me that sometimes slow is okay as long as you’re making progress. Thanks for that. By the way, that
    Babe Ruth quote? I have framed and hanging in my office. 😉

  3. Marian

    This is so encouraging. I’m at a place of growth after finally implementing all the things I knew I needed too. It’s taken about 15 months and boom, I’m growing every. single. week. and there is more on the agenda business wise. It’s super exciting but it’s been slow in all areas (especially money). Being consistent, not giving up, improving on necessary skills, investing properly (espeically in a business coach!), and staying the course has brought me to this point. I am super excited to see where things go from here!

  4. Sue Johnson

    Cathy, great post and what a great reminder to keep on keeping on. It can sometimes get frustrating when we don’t see the fruits of our labors right away, and that is when it is especially important to remember why we are doing what we do. Very timely for me to read this, thank you!

  5. april

    when i started paying attention to #6, everything changed! many of us waste much too much time on comparisons. #4 is my favorite, but i have to remind myself every single time i start something new . . . one step at a time, one step at a time. thank you, cathy, for these great tips!

  6. Cathy

    You had me at the title. The timing of this is perfect.
    So important to remember when things aren’t going as we’d planned, hoped, expected.

    Baby steps and playing close to the edge of my comfort zone (sometimes on the inside, sometimes on the outside) are what keep me putting one foot in front of the other. And finally, finally, finally I’m understanding how to stop comparing myself.

    I believe with all my heart that the results will come.

  7. Breana Guinan

    I feel so refreshed after reading this post. I get down on myself for not getting where I want to go quicker. I know focusing on the journey is the way to go. This was the perfect reminder that this all takes time and we have to learn to be patient! Thank you!

  8. Johanna

    Great article! I appreciate how you share that people often need to fail before they can succeed. Fall 10 times and stand up 11. Try and try again- each failure is a step towards success. Thanks for this, Cathy.

  9. Cynthia

    This is a timely post as I was just talking to my friend in Denver, CO who has finally landed her own beautiful salon in prestige Cherry Creek, CO. We were discussing how long a business can take. It took her ten years to get to where she is now. Thanks for the reminder. It does get boring, it does seem like it can take longer than we want it to, but the goal is our path.


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