Success is a journey not a destination:The only failure is when you QUIT


Famous people that almost quit

How do you measure success? Is it a certain amount of money? Is it the person who has the biggest muscle or that ripped 6 pack? Is it the person who drives the Mercedes, owns a large home, a yacht? How is success measured? You’ve all heard the saying “It’s the journey not the destination” Well, I believe this is the true measure of success. What I think success is for me is having healthy beautiful children, enjoying a wonderful relationship with them, having grandkids, a loving partner, a beautiful home, an amazing cabin in the woods, pets I love, a business I’m passionate about, giving back to others as a means of paying it forward, hard work ethics, love, health, the gift of being alive, freedom, intelligence, expression, gratitude …all of these things are how I measure success and I feel overly abundant in my life…even if my car is an old , outdated worn out junk…because I don’t care…it gets me where I need to go…and I feel rich and successful in those areas that matter.

But I’m not saying my way is the right way. It’s a personal thing, other’s measure success very differently, and that’s ok. But what’s’ important and what we all need to agree with, it whatever your passions, whatever your focus, success comes from the continuation of doing….action…just keep on keeping on. Because that takes guts, that takes heart and perseverance and ultimately that is the real pathway toward success.

We tend to think everyone else just got there easily …that they are just really lucky. But most successful people have the same fears, the same doubts, the same frustrations and rejections. Most successful people know what it’s like to be broke, drive a crap car, but the difference between those that succeed and those that don’t…is they kept on going….they felt like stopping, 1000s of times, but they kept on going. It’s the doing when it’s the last thing you feel like doing that helps you push past those final corners, jump those hurdles and gain the discipline and momentum you need, for success.

Just to prove my point I’ve added several famous successful people’s storied below let it inspire you, let it motivate you to keep going.

We all feel the struggles, we all have those doubts, we all feel those fears…keep ploughing through anyways.

As my wise Mom always said to me “The sun always comes out from behind the clouds”


F. W. Woolworth: Some may not know this name today, but Woolworth was once one of the biggest names in department stores in the U.S. Before starting his own business, young Woolworth worked at a dry goods store and was not allowed to wait on customers because his boss said he lacked the sense needed to do so.

Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company

Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.


Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.


Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.


Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.


Oprah Winfrey: Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.”


Jerry Seinfeld: Just about everybody knows who Seinfeld is, but the first time the young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.


Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.


Vincent Van Gogh: During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting, and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. While Van Gogh was never a success during his life, he plugged on with painting, sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, they bring in hundreds of millions.


Steven Spielberg: While today Spielberg’s name is synonymous with big budget, he was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.


J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.

Elvis Presley: As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Elvis has become a household name even years after his death. But back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”

Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”


Babe Ruth: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Write your name here(and write your future on these lines, create you own outcome)



The only failure is when you QUIT

I wonder which one of you will have their name on this list.

It’s up to you, but if you keep going, no matter what, then it’s just a matter of time

I wonder… which of the rest of you…will be the ones… that almost did?


It begins with 1 decision

You never know what’s just around the corner

Deirdre Rolfe

Clinical Hypnotherapist and Clinical Counsellor

3 thoughts on “Success is a journey not a destination:The only failure is when you QUIT

  1. Excellent post. People just quit too soon. This is a good reminder for all of us to press on!


    • Thank you Mike.I can’t tell you how many times I think I can’t get to the gym because its too cold, or I can’t be bothered to drive the 2 hours to see my relatives because its just so far, or I feel powerless or frustrated if my buisness slows down .The important thing is to know we ALL have these moments…and sometimes often…but its in these moments when we just push through some some of the best result occur. Cheers Deirdre Rolfe


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