Embracing Failure – Stallone

Regardless of what I think of the travesties that formed the tail-end of the Rocky series, I’m in complete awe of the persistence Stallone showed to get into the movies. I doubt I have that much ticker.

Stallone endured years of rejection and near-destitution before he crashed through to Oscar success. This video gives some great insight into how he held to his ideas despite so many obstacles.
Even Bill Gates tasted gravel when his first business venture, Traf-O-Data, slid out and crashed. Yet, he had the persistence to remount and have a second go with his slightly more successful Microsoft venture.

Such stories mean different things to each of us and rather than rave on about the obvious, I’ll end with the timeless wisdom of Kipling’s “If” poem:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

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About Mark Toohey

Mark Toohey is an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked with both major law firms and as general counsel in the media, telecommunications, software and IT industries. He has been a lawyer, company director, marketing director, company secretary and entrepreneur. Mark's commercial experience extends way beyond the theoretical. He has helped launch a number of start-up businesses and his hands on experience was gained from negotiating and documenting deals for a wide variety of business initiatives.