No….Not Now…. Maybe…. Never…. 59%….Fail….Too Late
These are some of the answers that we obviously never ever want to hear. However, these answers are simply a part of life. Because none of us are perfect, every one of us will hear these disappointing answers at some point in life. The definition of ‘Disappointment’ is:
The feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.
We all have expectations. I’m sure that many of you have great expectations about your success in school and after graduation. Disappointment is just an obstacle on your path to your vision of success. Thomas Edison was disappointed many times on his way to creating a light bulb that could hold a slow burn over an extended period of time. Although it took him time, he was able to find success. He once said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Your ability to grow depends on how you deal with disappointment. Here are some not so good ways to deal with disappointment:
- Blame Someone Else
Your goals and expectations are too important to give into negativity. Here are some great ways to deal with disappointment:
- Believe in yourself
- Try again with new information
- Ask for help
Remember, feelings are temporary. The feeling that comes with disappointment will eventually go away. The quickest way to make it go away is to press forward. I promise you that if you do this in the face of disappointment and then go on to reach success, you will feel amazing. Also, the memory lasts forever because it fills you with confidence. You may know exactly what Edison felt like when he finally reached success.
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)
It Can Be Done