Seth, don’t forget 2 icons of American success that failed miserably but kept at it…Colonel Sanders and Walt Disney. Colonel Sanders didn’t start his chicken business until he was 65. He tried to sell his secret recipe and didn’t succeed until he had failed 1,009 times! Walt Disney tried and failed at business many times, filing for bankruptcy 7 times, until he created Mickey Mouse!
But the syndrome is not confined to the U.S. Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru gave us a fresh example of this yesterday. If you believe those who knew him, he died in part because of this syndrome. The facts are that Wanjiru fell from a balcony in Kenya as the result of a domestic dispute. But those who knew him saw a pattern of behavior that was rooted in all the success he had, success that began at a young age.
so, when’s the party?
Dad, I’m thinking of organizing this kind of party for 42 of us here. Please can you foot the bill?
I’m encouraged reading through your article at this time when it seems things are not “happening” for me as fast as I would have wanted them to. I’m learning to keep learning. Thanks a lot for this.
Uche – I’m picking up some irony in your question. Not going to take your bait! But I will syncronize parties with you – let me know when you’re planning yours. I’m calling mine “Failure Celebration Night.”
A prize goes to the person with the greatest story about their failure. Categories include:
* Personal life
* Work life
* Social faux pas
Not sure if I should include spiritual life – that may be too tender for some.
All I can do is cry, I agree totally. I belong at the party. Or I should say may I come,too?
Ha! Susan – we need to organize it now. I figure we need at least 15 people to make it a party. It could be some Saturday in June. Anybody got any suggestions? And I’ll need some volunteers to help me make it fun.
I take this intro paragraph as a prophetic word to this up-and-coming generation:
“The Millennial generation needs more failure. It’s a paradox that too much success in the short-term can impair your long-term prospects, but it’s true. American young people in particular have won too many Little League trophies they didn’t earn.”
Word! He who has ears, let him hear!
Blessings from Mexico.
Seth, this is excellent. I’ve thought about this several times in regards to short-term missions. I’m afraid that sometimes youth have short-term experiences that are so “pain free” that that’s their picture of life/ministry/missions/etc. It sparks interest in long-term missions without a perspective of what it’s really like to “unpack.” Then they go for a longer short-term experience and have a major reality check of the challenges long-termers face. It turns them away from long-term missions.
One of my goals as a mobilizer is to help short-termers experience the challenge of long-term missions – yet with the perspective of purpose and the glory of God. That we don’t just “do missions” because it’s exciting.
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