by Ryan Fu •
WHY DO WE FALL?
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF EPIC FAILURES
Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” –ALFRED
Failed in business
Had nervous breakdown
Defeated for Speaker
Defeated for nomination for Congress
Defeated for U.S. Senate
Defeated for nomination for Vice President
Again defeated for U.S. Senate
Sounds like a LOSER right. Who was it?
Abraham Lincoln our 16th President of the United States. As you can see Mr. Lincoln didn’t let his many, many failures get him down. If it did, he wouldn’t been president and had a great part of ending slavery. This article will show many stories just like this of people failing miserably, time in and time out but they didn’t give up on themselves. It’s all about believing in yourself, especially when the chips are down and everything around you is falling apart. When your friends and family don’t see your vision or you can’t see the horizon down the valley of success. These people didn’t know the word “no”, but they knew aboutdetermination, hard work, bravery and most importantly they had the heart of a Lion.
I believe you are where you are in life not because of luck, your family, or your environment. You are where you are because this where you put yourself. You can’t blame it on anyone else, but yourself because you put yourself here. But keep your head up because there is light at the end of the tunnel. These highly successful people in this article were in the same place you are right now. Nobody believed in them, they heard “no” a bunch of times but that didn’t deter them to succeed. Once again, if no one believes you, always remember to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
The father of electricity, Mr. Edison, failed about 999 times to invent the lamp before he had success in doing it on the 1000th attempt. When people asked him how did you manage to keep going even though you were failing all the time he replied, “each time it didn’t work I used to say I discovered a new way how to not invent the lamp.”
Thomas Edison success story should make you conclude that failure should never stop you even if it occurred more than once.
He didn’t speak till he was four and didn’t read till seven. His parents and teachers thought he was mentally handicapped. He only turned out to win a Nobel Prize and be the face of modern physics.
Carrey and his family were poor and lived in a van. Carrey said it was during these tough financial times growing up when he developed a sense of humor.
The comedian dropped out of high school and lived in a VW bus with his family parked in different places throughout Canada. They eventually moved into a tent on his older sister’s lawn and parked the van in the driveway.
Launched Facebook in 2004 at the age of 19, literally changing the way people communicate. Facebook and Zuckerberg’s name are always at the center of much controversy, yet it cannot be denied that Mark Zuckerberg had a radically new idea and did not shy away from investing time and effort in it, at a time when he couldn’t have possibly known if it would work.
By 2007, Facebook had made Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire and nowadays he is believed to own about $80 billion today.
Bill Gates the founder of Microsoft is one of the most inspirational business leaders living these days but do you know that his idea of creating a computer that has a graphical interface and a mouse was rejected when he first submitted it to another company? Some people even say that the papers of the project were thrown in his face!! Now he became Bill Gates!!
Vincent Van Gogh
He only sold one painting in his lifetime! Just one to a friend. Despite that he kept painting and finished over 800 pieces. Now everyone wants to buy them and his most expensive painting is valued at $142.7 million.
When she first moved to Chicago to become an actress, Berry ran out of money and her mother decided the best thing would not be to send her daughter money.
During these struggling times, the actress admits to staying in a homeless shelter.
“It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation, even if it meant going to a shelter for a small stint, or living within my means, which were meager. I became a person who knows that I will always make my own way.”
He’s famous for being cut from his high school basketball team. He turned out to be the greatest basketball player but never let failure deter him.
Before becoming the multi-platinum singer Jewel, she lived on the streets after losing her job.
“I ended up homeless because my boss propositioned me and when I wouldn’t sleep with him he didn’t give me my paycheck,” she said.
“I got kicked out of where I was living and my rent was due that next day.
“I thought ‘Well, I’ll live in my car for a minute… get back on my feet,’ but I had bad kidneys and I never could hold down another job because I got sick so often. I didn’t have insurance and ended up almost dying in the parking lot of an emergency room because they wouldn’t admit me because I didn’t have insurance.
“I ended up homeless for about a month and I went back to singing.”
They were rejected by many record labels. In a famous rejection letter the label said, “”guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business”.
After that the Beatles signed with EMI, brought Beatlemania to the United States, and became the greatest band in history.
One of the inspirational stories that really motivated me the first time I read about it was the success story of Oprah. Oprah is one of the most popular TV icons nowadays and she is also one of the richest women on our planet but this is not how her story began. Do you know that Oprah was fired from her job and was told that she was not fit for TV earlier in her life?
Oprah spent the first six years of her life living with her grandmother wearing dresses made out of potato sacks. After being molested by two members of her family and a family friend, she ran away from home at age 13. At 14, her newborn child died shortly after he was born. She went back to live with her mother, but it wasn’t until her mother sent her to live with her father that she turned her life around.
She got a full scholarship to college, won a beauty pageant —where she was discovered by a radio station — and the rest is history. The Oprah name became an empire, and according to Forbes she is worth billions.
Theodor Seuss Giesel
Dr. Seuss gave us Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Books every child reads. At first many didn’t think he would succeed. 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
The founder of KFC. He started his dream at 65 years old! He got a social security check for only $105 and was mad. Instead of complaining he did something about it.
He thought restaurant owners would love his fried chicken recipe, use it, sales would increase, and he’d get a percentage of it. He drove around the country knocking on doors, sleeping in his car, wearing his white suit.
His first book Carrie was rejected 30 times and he threw it in the trash. His wife retrieved it out of the trash and encouraged him to resubmit it. The rest is history. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his books.
He applied and was denied two times to the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead he went to Cal State University in Long Beach. The rest is history…
Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript! A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job cause there was no money in children’s books.
In the early 1990s, Rowling had just gotten divorced and was living on welfare with a dependent child. She completed most of the first “Harry Potter” book in cafes, as walking around with her daughter, Jessica, was the best way to get her to sleep.
The “Harry Potter” franchise has become a worldwide success and J.K. Rowling is now worth an estimated $1 billion dollars.
You gain more from your failures than your successes. It’s your attitude and frame of mind that will lead you to become successful in business and in life. Read this great article about failing in Life, which is part of the game…you win some and you lose some but you keep playing because winners never quit!
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If you’ve ever been around inspirational speakers, you may have heard them talking about the fact that many people who become millionaires go through one or more episodes of being broke. They failed, but they didn’t label themselves failures, nor did they quit trying. The basic idea is that risk taking leads to failure, but it also leads to success. You can’t win if you don’t play, etc. etc.
What you don’t hear as much about is the importance of failure when you feel like you really are a failure.
Now, you may be thinking something like, “Yeah, right. The importance of failure when you feel like you already are a failure is that it sucks, it brings you down, it makes you more likely to really become a failure.” That’s not exactly what I had in mind. What I’m thinking about relates to an old John Bradshaw saying, “Anything that’s…
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Avoid getting tickets in the first place
Don’t Get a Ticket: It may seem obvious but lots of time and energy can be saved if you take a little bit of effort to avoid getting a ticket in the first place. When you get out of your car take a moment to look around and read the signs. Make sure that parking is allowed when you are there.
Be aware of which days count as holidays. Just because your company is closed for Simcha Torah, it does not mean the city recognizes Simcha Torah as an official holiday. Also parking is a city matter so state and federal holidays are irrelevant, it is only those holidays recognized by the city.
If you are parking in an area which has a time limit, don’t park in the spot near the beginning or end of the time limit. For example, if you are in an area where the parking meters turn off at 6pm. I guarantee that the meter maids will check the meters between 5:45 and 6pm.
Review the ticket
Once you get a ticket: So you got a ticket, such is life. The first thing you should think is that meter maids make like $10/hour and they probably didn’t graduate highschool. Check the ticket: Since metermaids are generally not genius’s, look at the ticket. Make sure it is filled out correctly. Make sure the car license plate, VIN and time are all proper. If parking is allowed after 5pm and the ticket says 5.02pm. you win. If the ticket is made out for a different car, you win. One caveat, it must be a totally different car, wrong VIN, license, color, etc. If you drive a Blue BMW and the ticket says black, sorry you lose because it is not a defect sufficient to defeat the ticket.
Review the Statute
Check the statute: On the ticket it will list the statute under which you are cited. It will be either a check box or a strange set of numbers. In order to check the statute, you will have to look up the statute, check online. Most cities have their city codes online. Three sources to find the statute either: call the city code enforcement division and talk to them about getting a copy of the statute, go to the local library, or go to a local law school library.6
Reading Statutes: Part 2
This step will require you to play a bit of Matlock. Generally parking statutes are pretty easy to read. What you are looking for is if there are any excuses available to you. Notice Statutes: Notice Statutes require the city to give notice to the population in order to enforce the citations. Commonly it is handicapped spots, crosswalks and loading zones that require notice. In Sacramento, the statute for a handicapped spot requires the city to provide two of three of the following types of notice: a painted curb, a sign above the parking space and a sign painted on the ground. If the space you parked in only had a painted curb, you win. Similarly, the crosswalk statute requires either a painted curb or visible white lines. Notice the use of the word or. It means one of the things must exist. If none of those things exist you win.
Sometimes, a statute will use the term visible or obvious. These have a connotation that the city must provide a sign that is clearly visible. A dilapidated and worn out sign is not sufficient for the purposes of the statute. If the signage is bad you may win. General Defenses: Here are some general ways of getting out of a ticket. They are not sure winners. Notice: Again, if the situation you parked in is such that you could not see the parking prohibition in place, then you may have a shot at winning. If there were trees blocking your view or the sign was too worn out to see or construction was going on and they took down the sign. You may have a shot at winning. Emergency: This one rarely works. You have to show a true emergency such as, my goofy brother fell on a box of swords and was bleeding to death and I had to rush him to the ER. I saw a house on fire and stopped to rescue a baby. Those are emergencies. The ice cream in my groceries is melting will not suffice.
What not to do
NEVER: Never say any of the following things: “I didn’t know the law, It’s not fair, I was on my way to move my car, I can’t afford this ticket.” None of these are defenses and hearing any of these excuses will be a sure sign that you are either bullshitting or just not worth helping. A 50/50 excuse, usually this won’t work but may garner sympathy, “I have been doing this for years and I checked with the parking ticket officer and he said it was okay.” First, parking officers have no authority to grant you any immunity. Second, saying that you have been breaking the law for a long time does not make it okay to break the law on the occasion that you did. At the same time it may garner some sympathy though not a dismissal of the fine. If you can get a parking enforcement officer to write a note saying, “I gave him permission.” You might win, though I have never seen this scenario.
How to appeal the ticket
First, realize that unlike a criminal proceeding, you are not presumed innocent with regard to a parking citation. Instead, the issuance of a citation creates a presumption that you violated the law and the citation exists as evidence sufficient to maintain the fine against you. It is your duty to present better evidence which overcomes the presumption against you. Make a copy of everything and save a copy for your records. First steps: First make sure that you file your appeal with in the appeals window. Some cities may be nice but most are not and will actually charge you a penalty for paying late. Often you will be required to pay the fine and then appeal. Some cities will take a check, which they will not cash while the appeal is pending.
The appeal letter
What to write: When writing your appeal, make sure to be clear, logical and provide evidence(see next section). I recommend the following format: Dear City Revenue Division. On Date and Time, I was cited for violating X city statute, 22.2.44. The statute states, “cite the statute”. I am writing this letter in order to appeal this citation. I would like to request a hearing (by mail/in person). I believe this citation should be dismissed because specific reason it should be dismissed(lack of notice, emergency.)I have enclosed photographs A-X which show the area in question. As you can see in photograph A, the sign was extremely faded and therefore I could not see the regulations printed on the sign. Additionally, Photograph B shows, blah. Photograph C shows, blah. Based on the statute under which I was cited, this citation should be dismissed because… etc. Make sure in this section you are very clear and polite in explaining why the citation is defective. Add a simple conclusion.
Obviously, you need to bring evidence, it should be clear and relevant. You should definitely submit photographs of the exact spot you were parked in. Additionally, you should include photos of the relevant exonerating evidence. If it is a defective sign, get lots of pictures of the sign taken from a few angles. If it is an issue with the curb, make sure to get the curb in the photo. The lighting should be clear and one of the photos should be taken from far away so relative positions of things can be established. With that in mind, make sure to take the photographs in a manner which is beneficial to you. If you say you were parked 30ft from the fire hydrant, don’t take a photo with a ruler showing you were 15 ft away. Rather take a photo to make the 15ft look like 30.
When I was working as a judge, I liked when someone brought a map and placed marks on the map for all the relevant landmarks. Maps.yahoo.com has an excellent utility which lets you view a satellite view of an area and then print it out. Print out the map and then show on the map where everything is. Put an X where your Car is. Put an S for the sign or O for where a photos was taken. Evidence III: If you have a witness, have them write a letter explaining their role in exonerating you. Its far more persuasive than saying, my friend said I am innocent. If you speak with the guy who gave you the ticket, get his badge number so you can find him later. Most parking tickets don’t require the parking officer to identify themselves
After you send the letter, you may request an in person hearing. Hear are some hints to success. Dress nice: No need for a suit or a tux but do leave your Scorpions/Winger Tour ’87 shirt at home. Throw on some khaki’s and a polo shirt at least so you don’t look ridiculous. Also, shower. Be prepared: bring 2 copies of everything, even the stuff you mailed to the city. That way you can give a copy to them and save a copy for yourself. Also take a few minutes before you arrive and review everything so you know what you are going to be talking about. Be succinct and deferential: You will probably be asked to tell your story, be polite and tell it in 3-5 minutes. Tell it well and when the hearing officer asks questions listen to his question and answer him clearly.4
Questions: Many of the Hearing Officers will have read the record in advance and know exactly what they want to hear. When they ask you a question, they are trying to elicit a specific response. Make sure to answer the questions honestly but in your favor. If the officer asks you “how far was your car from the hydrant?” If it is obvious the car is 5 feet away, say 5 feet. If on the other hand, it looks like the car is 25-30ft and you know 30 ft is the standard, say 30 ft. Afterwards: generally after the hearing it will be several weeks before you get a decision in the mail. If you lose your administrative hearing, you often are permitted to appeal to the courts. If you chose this route you may be charged an administrative fee from $15-$50. Be aware, it may be worthwhile to appeal a $250 ticket but a $35 ticket may not be worth the effort to save $10.15
Parking Meters: Expired Meter violations often follow a special set of rules. If you are claiming a broken meter, you must submit proof of the meter being broken. Take a picture or video (camera phone) of you trying to feed the meter. It may cost you 25cents to demonstrate. When you submit a broken meter claim, the city will go check the meter often with in 2-3 weeks. If they go check the meter and it is broken, the citation will be administratively dismissed and you will get your money back. There is a common occurrence where a meter will be broken, and you get a citation. Then later that day, the person who empties the change from the meters and cleans out the meter. Sometimes this person will actually do something to fix the meter or just emptying it will clear a jam in the throat of the meter. The problem is, you just lost your proof. Claiming the meter fairy fixed the problem will not hold up. This is why you have to get a picture or video of the broken meter ASAP and not wait .
The visual perceptual system is an AMAZING thing. The eye/brain does not see the world the way a camera does. There is an incredible amount of processing done.
The image that your retina sends to your brain is fuzzy, upside down, blocked by its own sensor cells, and with a huge blind spot where the optical nerve that sends the signal to your brain is. Its then broken down into many different types of information, takes two different routes through the brain, the information from the three cones are converted to a four color system (blue/yellow, red/green), all the missing information is filled back in, depth is calculated, etc etc…
It is also evolutionary as humans developed a strong sense of the colour green and being able to differentiate different shades of green in order to survive from predators in nature.
You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes.
If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.
- Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
- Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
- Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
- Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
- Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
- Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
- Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
Eating Bananas Aids Digestion
- Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
- Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
- Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
- Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea.
- Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
Natural Cures From A Simple Banana
- Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
- Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
- Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease.
- Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
- Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
- Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
- Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
- The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
- Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
- Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.
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“House nigga” is a word that most black people would use when we thought that another black person was turning their back on their own people to the white establishment or completely have self-hatred for their own kind. In this day and age, in the year of 2014, in my opinion the house nigga has evolved into something much more complex. If you look at any race of people in the United States you will notice that the different races that have prosperity in this country have always had each other’s back as well as uplifting each other to great things. Black people in this country to some instances do look out for each other but for the most part we turn our backs on one other. We don’t know how to work together to build each other up, thus we don’t own to many big corporations or big business fully employed by our own kind. African American’s that do manage to own big corporations tend to sell all the way out and they completely let the white establishment take complete control of their business. They put white people in charge of hiring to which they are going to hire only who they are comfortable with which is other more people.
While living in Los Angeles I have experience more hatred from blacks that seem as though they completely didn’t like black people, but when they get around their white friends they are all hugs and smiles. I believe to them they feel as though success is white and evil his black, they have been brain washed. I don’t know how many times I’ve been to an event in Los Angeles with white friends of mine and the black security guards would be all smiles and giggles with my white friends but as soon as I walked up they would give me a mean face as if to say, “Don’t start no trouble in here nigga.” I would always just shake my head and laugh to myself at their House Nigger mentality and ignorance. You let this club owner brainwash you into thinking that I’m the threat to their establishment because I’m a black man? I’ve been to all kinds of clubs and just like we fight in clubs and bars over bullshit white people do as well.
I remember talking to a former black bouncer and he told me that he was not allowed to let but so many black people into the club because they didn’t want the club to known as an “Urban Night club” and urban nightclubs have a short shelf life. I asked him “well did you tell that fool to kiss your black ass?” He said no because the dude was paying him a lot of money. I thought to myself you would rather sale your dignity for a couple of dollars then to just walk away. This guy just told you he doesn’t want your kind in his club but you’re cool because you work for me. I guess this brother thought he was special. Like Most black people that are the only black person at an all-white company, instead of working to get more of our kind into the company like other races would, we think that we’re special because we‘re the only black person that works in the company and will do anything to keep others out, that is the practice of the typical House Nigga epidemic that runs rapid through most black folks veins.
RAPPERS NOW A DAYS ARE MOSTLY HOUSE NIGGAS
2PAC, KRS ONE, DEAD PRES, LEADERS OF THE NEW SCHOOL, COMMON, OUTKAST, EIGHTBALL & MJG, ICE CUBE, WC, JAY Z, and BIGGIE shit even Eminem. These are the people I would listen to growing up as a kid in the late eighties and nineties. They talked about so many things from street crimes to giving me hope that I to can hit it big one day and get my mom out the hood. They didn’t sell out, they kept it real, and they took pride in being black and didn’t compromise themselves for money or popularity gain.
They all had their own style and didn’t try to be a carbon copy of one another just to sale more records. Now a days, rappers have just gave up being themselves and are completely selling the fuck out just to get a short three sixty deal. The lyrics aren’t saying anything positive accept for talking about buying a lot of useless high priced shit to gloat in front of other poor Negros faces who are just trying to make ends meet or if not that letting you know how many crimes they’ve done. Every rapper sounds like the next wearing the most outlandish shit in their videos. You even have these house nigga rappers wearing dresses saying that its street fashion. I’m not falling for it, that is why most of these rappers come out with one album and then you don’t see them anymore. The reason why is because these white owned record companies don’t see any value in these house Negros. They make a ton of quick dough, the black rappers gets fucked over and then kicked out of his quick contract and you get to listen to a bunch of ignorant bullshit to pollute your brain, all in all its a win, win for another white owned company.
Most or if not all of these rappers now a days lack compassion, compassion for their people, compassion for their music (cause if they did they wouldn’t release most of the bullshit they put out to the masses now a days) and compassion for themselves, and once you do that, you truly are a new wave house nigger.
“They want us to hate ourselves and love they wealth” wake up house niggas.
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One of the best articles I have read in while about men and women. The truth about relationships, great read and fantastic job!
Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
As a woman who values healthy adult relationships, I can’t stress enough that I abhor infidelity. I think a man cheating on a woman is just an emotional version of upper decking her toilet. When a man fucks a girl, he’s taking a dump in her pussy. But when a man cheats on a girl, he’s taking a dump in the top part of her pussy – her heart.
For these reasons, I despise men who cheat. But, I also feel that cheating, at least from a woman’s perspective, is somewhat necessary. Men and women cheat for different reasons. Sexuality for men is basic and shallow. They just love to have sex, and when they cheat, it’s only because they want to have sex with more women. Women cheat because they were wronged – because they are missing something in their lives. When a woman cheats, there’s…
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