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Charles Kettering on Failure as an Impossibility

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“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~Charles Kettering

What a great way to greet the world! Acting might come before believing on this one, as it’s not an easy task to believe that it’s impossible to fail. It might be a case of faking it until you make it, taking bold actions as if you really believe that you can’t fail, and then building up your confidence and your belief that you really can’t. Even if things don’t work out you still infused them with the right energy, rather than taking a defeatist approach that it probably wouldn’t work. It means you’ll try bigger and bolder things than if you are doubting yourself the whole time.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” ~Muhammad Ali

It can be dangerous to start counting down your days, because you want to make each one count. But many times there will be an event coming up that makes you start counting down how many days until it arrives. But each day between now and then is important, and you don’t want to breeze over any part of your life just to get to the next, seemingly better part. Putting the most of yourself into each day will make it so you never have any regrets about how you spent your time here, and you’ll know that you really did make it count each day.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ~Jimmy Johnson

This is a cute way of pointing out the difference between what makes things extraordinary rather than ordinary. It really is a matter of a few degrees, going that little bit further to push things past the point of regularity. The key is that you want to always strive for the extraordinary. Doing a few extraordinary things might make you complacent, and ready to rest on your laurels. But then you run the risk of slipping back into ordinary behaviors. Always ask yourself if what you’re doing is ordinary or extraordinary and then give that little extra if needed.

 

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