A Quote That Guides My Life
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” This is one of the famous quotes by an American writer and lecturer named Dale Carnegie. He was born in 1888 to a poor family, which largely depended on their farm in Missouri to earn a living and he met his death in 1955, at the age of 66. He later grew to be one of the most respected lecturers in the United States who introduced various university courses, such as self-improvement, public speaking, and salesmanship. Carnegie was an author and he wrote books, such as “How to Win and Influence People (1936)”, “How to Stop Worrying (1948)” And “Lincoln the Unknown (1932)”. His literal works mostly comprised ideas of influencing people’s behaviors by altering one’s behavior towards the others. Similarly, he advised people on the urge of completing a task despite the challenges and obstacles associated with that task. In regard to this, he coined the famous quote mentioned above that has been of much help in my life.
This quote was significantly used when Carnegie visited Japan when Japanese invited him in a move to heighten their relationship with America. The quote was meant to challenge the Japanese to stop looking down at their communication failures, but to capitalize on them and create a harmonious coexistence with the Americans. In my view, this quote comes in handy when I reflect on my personal life. This is because sometimes I feel uncomfortable after meeting a challenge in life that discourages me from moving on. In this case, life is all about meeting difficult homework each day, and losing focus because you failed simply implies that you are a looser. Instead, as Carnegie stated, we should capitalize on our failures to develop success.