There are so many prices to pay if you want to have a successful future. It can involve great sacrifices that can make you forfeit some of your present gratification and the zeal to never give up when temporary setback sets in.
Many people have known Alexander Graham Bell, the man who was credited with the invention of the phone, but may probably not know Philip Rays.
Philip Rays practically build the phone, one screw that needs to be adjusted and make the phone fully functional kept him away from success.
Years later, Bell discovers Ray’s error and adjusted the screw a quarter of an inch which makes the phone start transmitting sound.
Rays took his case to court and the supreme court in their verdict says Bell invented the telephone. The court noted that Rays knew what to be done to transmit speech and did not. The court added to follow rays is to fail, but to follow Bell is to win.
This small adjustment has erased the name of Rays from the inventor of the telephone despite being the one who practically did everything.
Am alarm at what people start and stop on the way, you might be a one step to your break. If you’re not ready, the Bell’s of your time will take the credit and history will remember you.
Think of this:
- Isaac Newton had poor grades in school, but his discovery of the composition of white light integrated the phenomena of colours into the science of light and laid the foundation for modern physical optics.
- Winston Churchill had a poor academic record and managed to pass the entrance examination to the Royal Military College after the third attempt. Yet became prime minister of England at age 62 and gave one of the shortest and powerful speeches of all time, “never ever, ever, ever, give up”.
- Peter J Daniel’s teacher Mrs. Philips told that he’ll amount to nothing and was illiterate until he was in his late twenties. Within ten years Peter turns his life around and wrote a book, Mrs. Philips, you were wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln suffered many setbacks in life and started early in his lifetime: he fails in business, lost his job and was defeated in at least seven elections, before been elected the president of the United States of America.
- Les Brown was tagged to have a learning disability and was placed in special classes from grade school to high school. But was not discourage and went on to live his dream by becoming a successful career in broadcasting, politics, public speaking and television.
People that have a future are those who desire to win at all cost, not minding the challenges, the mediocre who always stand in their way.
Abraham Lincoln once said after losing a senate race, “the path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself, it’s a slip and not a fall.“