But these entrepreneurs didn't let their mistakes drag them down. They acknowledged defeat and moved on. And that, to me, is the real key to the American dream. The realization that we can all have our dreams, but we also need to prepare for that occasional nightmare. The quicker we get past that, the sooner we'll get back to a restful night's sleep.
You've undoubtedly guessed that the person who is "disappointed by the pace of success" is President Bush. And in the same way that we can learn lessons by figures in history who persevered by reacting to change, the current president offers another useful example.
Everyone in business needs to use this opportunity to temper optimism with a healthy dose of reality -- if your plan for success is not working, figure out why, and adjust. That's the only way any of us will ultimately get to live the dream.
"The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it." -- Anonymous
From: "The Tao of Power" by R.L. Wing (Dolphin, 1986)
"The five colors will blind one's eye,
The five tones will deafen one's ear,
The five flavors will jade one's taste.
Racing and hunting will derange one's mind.
Good that are hard to get will obstruct one's way.
Therefore, Evolved Individuals
Regard the center and not the eye.
Hence they discard one and receive the other."
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNEWS.com online ballot:
How often have people gone out of their way to help you?
All the time, 32.2 percent
Once in a while, 32.2 percent
You're joking, right, 35.4 percent
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