Hello Monetization Nation. Today I want to share with you a poem that has a lot of meaning to me on multiple levels. This poem is titled “The Race”, attributed to Dr. D.H. “Dee” Groberg.

The Race

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Repentance

This life is not about being perfect. If being perfect was the measure of a successful life, all of us would be failures, and we were definitely not all sent to earth to be failures. The measure of success is if we get up each time we fall, if we choose to repent and recommit ourselves and try harder next time. The serious problem comes in when we choose to stay down, stay in our sin and not repent or try to be better.

Never Giving Up

One example of an entrepreneur who always got back up is Brian Chesky. Chesky and his friend were very low on money with lots of debt when they had an idea to rent out space in their apartment. They decided to go a step further and teamed up with another friend, and went hunting for investors. They approached seven major investment companies. Two never replied and five declined the involvement (Source: Quality Logo Products Blog).

However, about a year later, an investment company found them and they took out a loan to start Airbnb. Now, Airbnb has reached more than 34,000 cities, and has more than 60 million guests (Source: Quality Logo Products Blog).

Walt Disney also had his fair share of failure. He was famously fired from a Missouri newspaper when his editor claimed that he “lacked imagination” and had no good ideas (Source: Business Insider). When he started his first animation business, he had to declare bankruptcy in the first year. He also lost his rights to his popular cartoon, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. However, despite all these failures, Disney, got back up when he fell and pushed forward.

Now, the company he founded is worth more than $122 billion (Source: Global Rankings). Disney said, “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” He also famously said, “The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

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Thomas Edison was also famous for getting up after he fell. One of his teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive” and as an inventor, he famously made more than a thousand unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked him how it felt to fail a thousand times, Edison simply replied, “I didn’t fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with a thousand steps.” He also said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”

That’s my challenge for us today. As we fall, as we inevitably will, in our entrepreneurial pursuits and in our lives, the important thing isn’t whether we’re the first person across the finish line. The thing that truly matters is that we get up each time we fall. We get up and we strive to win our race.

Key Takeaways

  1. Winning isn’t a matter of crossing the finish line first; it is our ability to get back up each time we fall.

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Nathan Gwilliam helps entrepreneurs and digital marketers transform into better digital monetizers with revolutionary marketing and monetization strategies.