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A university professor started off his class by putting out of his back pocket a 100 dollar note and in that lecture hall of more than 200 students he asked “How many of you would like to have this note” naturally all student raise their hands, professor said interesting. He then said “before i let you have it, let me ask you this question” he took the note and folded into half twice and then he said “How many of you want this note?” still all students raise their hands. Now he said “Let me try something else.” He took the note and crumpled it. And he said “How many of you want this note now?” still all hands went up. Finally he chucked the note on the floor and screwed it with his shoe and crumpled it even more, picked it back up, now with dirt, and said “How many of you want this note?” All students raise their hands still. He said “Today you have learned an important lesson.”

No matter how much I crumpled that note. How much I scrunched it up, how many times it was trodden on, you all still wanted it, because it is still worth 100 Dollar.

In the same way that 100 Dollar note held his value so do you. No matter how many time life will tread on you, life will crumple you, life will scrunch you and life will squeeze you, you will always keep your value, that spark within us all of bliss, knowledge, and eternity that exists, that spark will never be taken away.

Our value is not created by the price of our clothes or our bank balance or the job title we have. Listen! we should be building life not and not just building our CVs.

In the middle of 2009 he was the software engineer that no one wanted to hire. He had 12 year experience at Yahoo, but he was rejected by facebook and then rejected by Twitter. He had been to a great university. He had a great CV but he decided to team up with one of his alumni member of at Yahoo and started to create and app and focus on start-up space. In five years time, he sold that app for $19 billion dollar to facebook. Believe or not that was Brian Acton the co-founder of WhatsApp. When he was rejected from Facebook he said it was great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people and look forward to life’s next adventure. When he rejected by Twitter he responded by saying “Worked out! It was quite a long commute.”

It’s so interesting to see that someone rejected from two of the top internet companies actually responded with humor and actually responded with positivity.

This lady was diagnosed with clinical depression, her marriage had failed and she was jobless with a dependent child. She was on a four-hour delayed train journey from Manchester to London when she came up with this idea. And she started to write this book about this wizard. And as she started writing she then finished her manuscript, took it to 12 publishers, and rejected by all 12. Believe or not that’s J.K Rowling author of Harry Potter series.

This man watched his first company crumble. He was a Harvard university dropout, and his first company’s demo didn’t even work. He went on to build Microsoft. His name’s Bill Gates.

Therefore failure is just a sign that we need to widen our scope. We need to be ready and build ourselves up for the next level. Actually what we end up achieving is far greater than what we had envisioned for ourselves. And this divine plan, this orchestration can’t be  happening without this intervention that occurs, because if we had it our way we had just settle. We had just accept what we thought was our goal, what we thought we were chasing. But actually, I have noticed that when you don’t get that, later down the line you look back and you reflect and realize that what have you gained is so much greater.

“Failures are only failures when we don’t learn from them. Because when we learn from them, they become lessons.”

We actually extrapolate all of these teachings and actually get more insight into how we can improve the way we work and how we can actually drive with a different energy. The challenge we have is that we only talk about people’s failures when they succeed. And that’s why they become this taboo or we feel like their failures never happened.

We need to share these stories earlier. We need to bring out these stories and experiences on the journey so that people who are on the journey can actually follow in those footsteps. And that’s why Steve Jobs said “You can’t connect the dots moving forward. You only can when you are looking backwards.”

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