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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