It was my deep privilege to work for Dale Brown at LSU for a decade. To this day he is a dear friend and one of my primary mentors. He has spent a lifetime motivating people of all walks of life. He recently wrote a book titled, “A Collection of Thoughts on Life.” It sits on my desk where I can read a little from it each day. There are stories, poems and quotes that inspire me and that I share with our team. Coach to this day still spends his time reaching out and inspiring an individual or the masses.
Find out more about him at: http://www.coachdalebrown.com/
Here is just a sample of his “collections” —
It’s not your IQ that counts, it’s your FQ — it’s your Failure Quotient. How much can you take? Now, historically, success often follows a series of failure. Successs is actually built on multiple failures. Until we learn to derive lessons from our failures, we’ll keep on repeating these failures, and keep digging ourselves into a deeper hole. You’ve got to rise up every time you fall, and you can never give up.
History provides us with numerous examples of highly successful people who were confronted with many and major failures. But they still made their dreams come true. Failure’s only a detour, and an opportunity to begin again. The most successful people, in almost every profession, have not been afraid to fail. And then when they have fallen down, they got back up. Let me give you just a few.
A woman in England was struggling to write a book. She took it to five publishers, five different times they rejected her book. She was a single, unemployed mother on welfare. She was about ready to trash the book, and decided to take it to one more publisher. She took it to that publisher, he gamble on it. Well, did she have any success? Her name is J. K. Rowling. She wrote Harry Potter. By the way, it’s now the best-selling children’s book in history. Plus, she become the first author every to make a billion dollars.
General Douglas MacArthur, was refused entry to West Point twice, yet become the Superintendent of West Point and appointed to the Army’s top job as Chief of Staff. Steven Spielberg, was turned down at UCLA and USC film schools, and yet managed to become one of the most renowned movie directors of all time.