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As far back as I remember, the most common phrases I hear emulate along these lines: “That’s a big project.” “You have a lot of work to do.” “Good luck with that.” “Do you have the knowledge to accomplish that?” “How long will that take?” “Are you crazy?” “It’s hard to believe those big ideas can fit inside your small head.”  Yes, these are actual quotes during conversations in which I was telling someone my goals, ideas, and/or ambitions. Frequently pessimism has been heavily applied.
Some people truly were curious how in the world I would accomplish something that didn’t fit my primary skillset. Their point is well taken. In contrast, there were plenty who sought to thwart or impede the goal as they applied a negative vibe in their announcing my probabilities and potential challenges from their intelligent point of view.
Now, I admit, many of my lofty, far fetched ideas undoubtedly failed miserably regardless of the attempts, efforts, and fixes. At best, will still contain small imperfections to shine brightly enough to mock the overall results. Many of the skeptics, critics, and nay-sayers were fervently correct. The goal was too big, too expensive, too much for my capacity to accomplish. I was warned it would be doomed from the beginning. In fact, I would agree! Most ideas will NEVER come to fruition, and I know it. Now, should that prospect of failures be a deterrent?  NEVER!
Here’s why: Others have overcome it; so can I. Did you realize the Home-Run King, Babe Ruth, had 714 home-run hits compared to his 1,330 strikeouts? He had twice as many failures than successes. You can feel really bad for James Dyson, failing 5,126 times until his bag-less vacuum really began to suck in $4.5 billion. Thomas Edison was informed he was “too stupid to learn” yet went on to patent over 1,000 inventions. Walt Disney, the man who coined the term Imagineering, was informed he had “no imagination” by an editor. Abraham Lincoln was demoted during the war from Captain to Private, the lowest rank possible. Elvis Presley was fired from the Grand Ole Opry.
The list goes on and of the successful failures who have shaped, developed, and altered our way of living and culture. How did these failures do it? 
But first, what is truly a failure? If only the world and reality were so stark to be plain black and bland white, thoroughly right or absolutely wrong and nothing in the middle except a definite line. Success or fail? Those are not the only two outcomes which your goals can yield.
Okay, back to these individuals of Successful Failures. These people may have never seen failure even when they surely felt it. I’m am certain their emotions followed the typical doom and gloom brought through their frequent disappointing results. Their difference is, they perceived and utilized the third variable in the spectrum beyond the black and white paradigm. Progress was their view. Progress spans the wide array of variants between the relations of success and failure.
“I can do it better.” “One more time.” “I can do this.” and my favorites, “I’m still breathing.” or, “I’m Okay!”
These are the attitudes of progress, not defeating failures. Such phrases derive from a person with a clear goal in mind. Even following a failure, this mindset will continue attempting to achieve regardless of the “odds” placed against them. These are they who present an unencumbered determination, and have added a lesson to improve upon from attempt to attempt… In light, they Progress. They don't just succeed or just fail.
With every new experience, we erase another fragment of ignorance and create a new ledge to stand upon. We become learned, providing greater opportunity to make more intelligent choices for future attempts. Me personally, my list of "failures" has given greater reason to celebrate and cherish what has my successes along the way and have only encouraged those goals to stretch further, bigger, and stronger than before. 
The next time the proud pessimists aim to rain on your parade, use their water to grow your flowers that will line the pathway to your own greatness and destination.  I hope your goals will earn you the comments of the critics. If not, consider making that goal a little more absurd, a little grander!  Progress from where you are to somewhere better is never too big, never too far,  never lucky, and certainly never a failure. 
Believe Greatly, Achieve Greatly.

Morris Anderson
Author and creator of the Goal Process, chairman of the board for Dragonize Studio's & Institute, Inc. An ambitious Entrepreneur in the modern day with a journey to help people have a more fulfilling life with the pursuit of their goals. Believe Greatly, Achieve Greatly. 
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