Thomas Edison is best known for the invention of the light bulb. It is said that it took him 1,000 tries before he got it right! He was asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” He replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

I have often said, “I am a success because I have failed.” Failure to me is never a negative. Failure and defeat are instructors. I embrace failure because it fuels me to press on to achieve. I am God’s child. To the world that means nothing. Society doesn’t reward defeat. It thrives on exploiting it. God believes in me.

In my profession there is so much fear being told “No.” It can let the air out of our balloon pretty quickly. I have been told by so many artists how they hate making calls because they are always being told “No.” I can’t tell you how many times I am told “No” or have ignored phone calls and no returns. Fact of the matter is, I expect that. It comes with the territory. There is no getting around it, It’s going to happen more than the alternative. But like anything else you don’t get better at something if you give up. You keep trying. You keep going. This is a big world and opportunity is out there. Doors are there to be knocked on and opened. You just have to keep going forward never accepting defeat.

My dad loved baseball. He lived for it. He used to say, “Son, you will never hit the ball if you don’t swing the bat.”

“The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord”. I may fail from time to time, but I am never a failure. If God orders my steps, how can I be a failure?

Remember this. Some people DREAM of success, while others wake up and WORK HARD at it!

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  • Jerry, a few years ago you transported a deceased down to my little place in Oliver Springs! Do u remember?
    I love this about failure because I have failed so many times in my profession but I know that God is right there with me, pushing me on! I have done without heat in my home, without decent clothes to wear to work( I have one “funeral suit and one dress”), sometimes not a lot of food, an old hearse that is 23 yrs old, all this because God called me to do this special work to help grieving folks! And guess what? People are finally recognizing what I am doing in the community and my business is starting to grow! God said it would! I really believe that my failures have made me soooo much stronger! I love The Lord and trust that he has a glorious plan for my life! I love you for sharing this Jerry. I would love to share it on my funeral home Facebook page’
    Rhonda Jackson, Oliver Springs, TN.