Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be
~ John Wooden

Welcome to the 44th edition of the MayWeather Newsletter series, a weekly newsletter where I share my thoughts and new ideas on things that I learn on personal productivity; somewhere between due diligence, good thinking and note-taking.

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Have you ever tried your hands on a thing and it didn’t work? I know it sucks! The first time I ever failed at a quest, I cried and starved for days. I lost my sleep and my mind became the real definition of chaos.
While I wondered what I’d reduced myself into, friends and family helped me shrug it off. In retrospect, I didn’t handle it well.

As much as failure hurts, your response to it is a crucial part of your journey. Here is why: resilience.
Your response to failure builds the framework for resilience, growth and most importantly, success.

To listen to every successful man out there and digest their story is to find the different shades of what resilience is. To be honest, to stay resolute and not settle for less or even change the course of your direction because of unforeseen challenges is a ruthless discipline. Quite tough, methodical and boring too.

On gloomy days, choose to focus on your inner game, embrace your tough and unpopular routine with sobriety, constantly remember who you are and why you have chosen what you are doing. This kind of ethics sets you up to win the bigger game. It prepares you for opportunities you never knew existed and makes you an overnight success in the faces of many.

This is the character you’d find consistent with winning on all grounds and phases of life.

Just like Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Bill Gates and a host of unsung heroes across Africa and the Middle East, you’d get to understand your life better and why you are doing the things you are doing if you handle it well.

When next you find yourself in a fix, never be in a haste to get out of it. You’d only hurt yourself some more. Take time to reflect, put things into perspective and develop meaning from the pain point.


Weekly Thread of Wisdom 
  1. The fear of failure can be so strong that it eclipses the motivation to succeed. It's either you give in to the fear of failure or you give in to doing it regardless.
  2. Instant gratification and dopamine rush are enemies of sticking to your long – term plan.
  3. How about you build a solid routine and stick to it regardless?

Book Review
The War of Art
Steven Pressfield

Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. He believes that resistance is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

I am yet to get my mind off the lessons on failure.

If you’ve ever experienced failure, you’d agree with Steven on why you shouldn’t take failures personal. As a matter of fact, experts and professionals will tell you failure is part of the game.

The fact that you’ve failed at something doesn’t make you a failure and the fact that something doesn’t work the way you expected it to doesn’t mean that nothing else in your life will ever work.

Failure is be a learning curve. You shouldn’t take it personal.
You know what? Read Steven Pressfield’s
The War of Art.

In Closing 
Your work is fulfilling and I’m excited to know you strive to be the best in every aspect of your work. If you ever fail at a quest, never allow anyone or anything make you dwell in despair.

Let your happiness and sense of fulfilment come from within. You’re the best and that’s undeniable.

Until next week,
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