Some people are in the right place at the right time. Others, not so much. Those unfortunate enough not to be in the right place at the right time are destined for mediocrity and failure. That is how most people see the world. But is that reality? Certainly not. Yes, we observe people who achieve monumental greatness due to their circumstances. Think about the Industrialists of the 1800s or the Technologists of the late 20th Century. Yes, they were born at a time where they would have a significant advantage in these emerging industries over those slightly older or younger than themselves. But so were a lot of other people. The difference? They chose greatness. They chose a life of hard work, constant learning and improvement, and sacrifice. That’s reality. So, instead of lamenting your personal circumstances, remember you have the power to choose greatness.
Success is not a destination, and neither is failure. We are all on a journey, and we will all encounter successes and failures along the way. The successful understand that failure cannot be avoided. The unsuccessful expect failure and give up when they experience it. When you experience failure, do not give up. Learn from it. Remember, with failure comes experience. From this experience, you are preparing yourself for greater successes in the future. But whatever you do, do not allow yourself to believe that you are a failure. If you do, you will continue to fail. Because you will eventually stop trying.