During a sleepless night off, I began channeling surfing to find something entertaining. Using the scroll down future, I found a show entitled Finding Success Through Failure. Hosted by John Stossel, this Fox Business Channel program examined unusual beginnings of famous companies. For example, following a forty dollar fine for forgetting to return a video to the store, the concept to Netflix was born.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us, Romans 5:3-5.
For those entrepreneurs who fail multiple times, Stossel interviewed a couple of guests who honed in on grasping what went wrong during failed ventures. These people go through a purification process using trial and error as a teaching aide. Meanwhile, the spoiled, unprepared and weak often quit at the first sign of adversity. Real life is not a fairy tale. Rather, there are usually several road blocks, directional arrows and u-turns along the way before you arrive at the dream job.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing, James 1:2-4.
When life throws you a curve ball, sometimes you have to reinvent yourself. Five years ago I had aspirations of becoming a college professor, starting at a new community college. When that plan was thwarted, I went into survival mode, throwing things up in the air to see what stuck. Although I have found a home at Amazon for now, I believe I have what it takes to write movie scripts. While I may not get to the career my choice, I’m ready to take the unusual path to success wherever it takes me.
by Jay Mankus