There is no greater leaning curve than failure.

‘Tis a lesson you should heed:

Try, try, try again.

If at first you don’r succeed,

Try, try, try again.

This proverb, made popular by William Edward Hickson, can be traced back to the writings of Thomas H Palmer.

Failure is not nice, in any sense of the word, but it is something we can use in a positive way.  When we succeed, we will have learnt how to do something in a way that works, once the aim has been achieved we no longer have to consider other options, we can move on.

But when we fail, the thinking cap goes on, we look at what caused the failure, what we can do differently, how can we make it better, in sort we don’t give up.

So what can happen when you don’t give up?

Walt Disney didn’t give up when he, ran out of money when making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Colonel Sanders’ chicken was rejected by 1005 restaurants, but he didn’t give up.

At Fred Astairs first screen test he was told “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald, can dance a little”. Did he give up?

Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything”.  He didn’t give up either.

So what will make you try, try, try again today?


It’s not the choice that matters when making a decision, it’s the attitude behind it.

People often agonise over making a decision, ‘what is the best way?’  ‘What it I’m wrong?’ ‘How can I choose?’  Of course some decisions carry a higher degree of magnitude, you would probably give more time to deciding on a career change than you would to how many biscuits to have with a cup of tea.  Or would you?

A change in career is a huge step, but what if your job was at risk of redundancy?  What if you did not enjoy you job and an opportunity arose to follow your dream?  Would the choice be easier?

And how many biscuits should you have with a cup of tea? (I say 3, 2 and I’ll go back for more, 4 and I’ll feel like a pig.) But what if I was diabetic or had some other issues?  Would things be more straight forward.

When faced with a difficult decision stand back and look at the bigger picture, what is the best interests for your greater good?

You ponder, I’ll pop the kettle on……