I understand that all self made people of this world, be it:
the late Abraham Lincoln, former President of United States, who failed at most levels in his early life. This can de-motivate even strongest people in world, but he continued and became President.
Mr. Amitabh Bhachan who as a result of organizing one Miss World contest in India became deeply in debt. The media wrote him off and his career was finished. But today he is there, standing tall at top of his career, busiest star in Indian cinema industry'
Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, a cricket hope of billions of fans across world. One failure among his successes and adverse comments are made on his technique and play, so every time he plays he has to prove his credibility and make his game speak for him.
The late Dhirubhai Ambani who started a business in late 60s with very little. Today his business empire which covers a wide range of industries is worth billions of US dollars, or anybody else whom you know of this ilk, always had at least one constant source of inspiration and motivation, perhaps living or not living, something or someone who kept them striving throughout their journey to highest pinnacle of their career or profession. This one person can be anybody - parent, brother or sister, friend, spouse or perhaps someone unseen.
When Thomas Edison was in school, fourth grade, a note was sent to his mother by school authorities. It said that your son is dumb, and we couldn't teach him. The mother replied, if you don't want to teach my son, it is your wish and decision but my Eddy is not dumb. What happened after that is a history. History is full of such examples, but we don't have time to read them all..
We all know that there is a difference between ordinary and extraordinary person. The difference is word EXTRA. Extraordinary people put in extra efforts in whatever they do. However, term extra can hide many roads.
Failing or falling is not a crime. Foolproof plans do fail: strongest of buildings do crash; unsinkable sinks - human beings are no exceptions. Of those who fail or fall, only some have capacity to stand again; of those who stand, only a few have capacity to walk; of those who are able to walk, only one or two are strong enough to run. Those who can run are extraordinary in every sense.