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Dreams or Regrets? The Key to Success

Updated on June 8, 2011

Are You Dwelling on the Past or Moving Forward?

Everybody has things in their life that they wish they would have done differently. The decisions we make during our lives can have unknown and sometimes far reaching effects on our future -both good and bad. One of the biggest keys to a good life is to learn from past failures without letting them destroy your dreams for the future. There are important lessons to be learned from failure, but fear of risk isn't one of them. In order to succeed you must accept risk and generally the bigger the dream the larger the risk.

Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.~ Napoleon Hill

Many of the most successful people in the world have failed in their early ventures, some more than once. Bill Gates, consistently at the top of the list of the world's richest people list, failed miserably with a business designed to analyze automobile traffic flow. The Walt Disney empire started less than spectacularly with an independent studio partnership that collapsed after just one month. Henry Ford went bankrupt with five businesses before he finally made it with the Ford Motor Company.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reason that some people eventually succeeded and others failed is that they didn't let past regrets destroy their dreams. Instead, they learned from their missteps and kept working toward their goals. It's the dreamers who create a place for themselves in the world. Meanwhile, those who are consumed by past regrets only doom themselves to continued failure.

Failure should be a stepping stone, not a roadblock. Keep your dreams alive.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thanks dc, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've always been a firm believer that you have to try to make the best of whatever situation you find yourself in. Bad things happen from time to time, but dwelling on them or feeling sorry for yourself just makes things worse. Many times things that are seemingly a step backwards are actually an opportunity to go in a new, better direction and things ultimately end up better in the end.

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      DeShawn Collins 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas

      One of the best hubs i've read. I often struggle with this at times but usually move on quickly to the task at hand, but sometimes the past tries to creep back and cause havoc in my life....But we never know what life has in store for us, we just have to make the most of it! Thanks for the brain food

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Thank you! I hope both of your glasses are always very full.

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      Writer Rider 

      10 years ago

      You hit the nail with that one Eye. I notice that the cup must always be half full, because when it's half-full, I attract success and uncommon good luck without fail. The vice-versa can be said when my mentality is tht of the glass being half empty. When the glass is half empty I tend to notice I attract negativity and terrible things start happening. It always pays to look for the good things in life at all times. And failures are mere bumps in the road that have to occur in order to learn.

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      10 years ago from Australia

      I need to be reminded of your hub many times. Failure is not my best point, I guess it's not anyones best point. But hope is all we end up with at the end of the day and if that's lost we're not happy campers. Thanks for your timely reminder.


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