The Greatest Successes Come After Failure or Impasse

The greatest successes come after failure or after the point where most people would have given up. The path to success is not a straight line; often we have to find our way through, over or around.

My marriage: We split 3 times before we got it right. Now we have 3 amazing daughters and over 7 years of marriage. They are my world.

My faith: I had tried unsuccessfully to bounce around churches after moving to St. Louis 21 years ago. 6 years ago my daughter was in a play that was put together by the church we have gone to since; I am now an elder there and my wife and oldest daughter have sung with their choirs and vocal groups many times. They have been an important community in our lives.

My career: My best year came after I missed goal for the only time. My best employment came after I lost 2 jobs through no fault of my own and a 4-year stint where I applied to over 1,600 jobs and worked at 3 companies. My best lessons came after I lost or failed to anticipate what was coming.

My books: It took 968 query letters to publishers and agents and hundreds of rejection letters to get my first of four books published 12 years ago. My book made my resume stand out when I went after the job that led me to where I am today.

Often, in the moment, things are so daunting that we can’t see the forest for the trees. When that happens, don’t quit – especially if it’s something that matters to you.

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About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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