I’d like to share with you a quote. After I tell you the quote I’ll ask you who said it. Here’s the quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Who said the quote? If you haven’t guessed it, I’ll give you a little clue. The man who said those lines was a college professor. The man who said those lines was a statesman. He wrote a treatise that won him the Nobel Prize. The man who said that line was a world famous leader. A man who was knighted by the Queen of England. As a matter of fact, the man was the Prime Minister of England. The man who said that line was Sir Winston Churchill.
But I’d like to share with you who Winston Churchill was. Historians credit Churchill with saving the free world. They say if it weren’t for his galvanizing strength, his energy, Nazism would have won the war. It was his strength of character that brought the Allies together. Interestingly enough, May 1945 Germany surrendered. August 1945 Winston Churchill found himself voted out of office. England looked at him as a great wartime prime minister, a great leader of men in battle, but these were different times, they needed a rebuilding, a different type of leader. After bringing England to its finest hour, after saving the free world, he found himself unemployed, on the streets, without a job. He went on to write that Sixth Treatise work that won him the Nobel Prize. He went on to fight communism. But that was his life — going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
And if you find me a human being who succeeded in any endeavor in life, be it academics, be it business, be it sports, certainly in anything great in changing the essence of he, I guarantee you’ll see a human being who failed many times. And this understanding that success consists of going from failure to failure, falling down many times, and getting back in the game is one of the keys to understanding life, one of the keys to understanding what’s needed for a human being to reach greatness.