In science, there is a theory called the theory of numbers.
The theory simply presupposes that an experiment is more likely to yield accurate result after many trials.
Even though this is a scientific law, it suitably applies in our quest for success and a meaningful life.
You are more likely to get better results in your endeavors after many trials and attempts.
I have a friend who wrote JAMB eight times before he made his score and got admission into the university. You can imagine that! That’s about seven years of failure in a row.
If my friend had given up when it seemed the best thing for him to do he would not have had the opportunity of going through the university.
“Success is 99% Failure” – The Honda Story
Soichiro Honda was born in 1906 and he grew up helping his father repair bicycles in the small town of Komyo in Japan. While Soichiro Honda was in school he started a workshop with the intention of developing a piston ring which he planned to sell on to Toyota.
He spent day and night working away in his workshop believing that he could produce the perfect design. He struggled financially during this period, even selling his wife’s jewelry for capital and occasionally slept in his workshop.
When he finally completed his finished piston ring, Soichiro took his design to Toyota who told him that his work was not up to their standards.
That Was a Disappointment!
After suffering this terrible setback, Soichiro was forced to go back to school and was taunted by those around him for failing.
Other engineers laughed at his design but Soichiro refused to give up despite being ridiculed by those around him. He paid little attention to school work that did not relate to his business and, when verbally attacked by his teacher, Honda responded that ‘A ticket will get you a seat in a movie theater, but a diploma won’t get you a job!’
Soichiro believed strongly in his idea and refused to give up on his dream.
He struggled on for two more years before finally gaining a contract with Toyota.
With this contract he mustered courage to build his factory.
But sadly, this was during the war and the factory was bombed.
When Honda started rebuilding his factory after the war an earthquake finally destroyed it.
This setback would have spelled the end for most people but Honda carried on chasing his dream.
There is No Way Forward Going Backwards
Today the Honda Corporation now employs more than 100,000 people in the USA and Japan and it is now second only to Toyota in Japan.
Honda succeeded because of the passion and determination of one man who was committed to his ideas and making them a success.
Despite suffering more failures and setbacks than most of us will see in a lifetime, Honda persisted and never once allowed himself to give up on his dreams.
Have You Tried and Failed? Keep Trying
People tend to give up on their noble cause or idea when they encounter some kind of defeat.
But life has proved to only favor those who stay long enough in the game that even defeat and failure becomes tired of them.
“The law of numbers favors only those who make many attempts.”
No matter how many times you have failed in the pursuit of your goal never quit. You may seek another route; you may seek another strategy, but by all means, keep trying.
“All great success stories are punctuated with failures,” – Charles Poissant.