Success in the Face of Failure and Illness

Many of you know I have been re-writing The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill, and sharing some of my early drafts with you. As I was working on Chapter 11, I heard a powerful message within me.

Your purpose is not to make the success principles of the great Napoleon Hill more accessible to others. It is to tell your incredible story, using the success principles of Napoleon Hill, so others can witness a true path to achieving their deepest desires.

Declare Failure and Start Over

Put bluntly, my purpose is to give you a part of my soul! I must declare what I have done thus far, as a failure – not a failure to succeed, for failure is interlocked with success. I declare what I have done a failure to touch you deep in your heart and in your gut, so much so that it moves you to action. I want you to find, like I have found, the incredible success that can come with failure and sickness; for failure and sickness can destroy our bodies and minds, or they can build us up more magnificently than ever before.

Many years ago I thought I was a failure. I was a disappointment to myself, because I had not reached the management level or made the money everyone thought I would. I felt like the high school diva, labelled most likely to succeed, but who got absolutely nowhere. Sure I got to the senior professional level; but I was supposed to be like Oprah! Wasn’t I?

My frustration was a definite factor in my having a stroke.  Now I was not only a failure, I was a middle-aged woman, struck with a serious illness. This is the point, where a lot of people give up. For me, it was the time I woke up. I woke up to myself, my failures and to my success.

My greatest success is the re-energizing of my life, which has me doing and achieving that which was previously out of my reach. This is the space in which I now find myself, despite being led by medical personnel to believe that I would be permanently disabled, wheelchair bound, and never able to work for the rest of my life. Four years after my stroke, I walk with a limp and cane; more importantly I am working, creating, and literally dancing, while still healing, body, mind and spirit.

Finding The Success Within Your Reach

The same process that led to my seemingly miraculous healing is causing success in all aspects of my life. How did I complete an entrepreneur program, start a business, get contracts for my business, and receive an award while still considered physically and mentally disabled? How did I start a successful Young Stroke Survivor Group? How was I selected to be a member of a leadership council in my church?

I looked deep inside me, connected with a higher power, asked myself these same questions and I found Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success. I saw that all I desired was not only possible, they were within my reach. I saw the gift of my failure and my illness, because they brought me to a doorway of success, which I had never seen before.

All that you want is within your reach. I will show you how I achieved what was proclaimed impossible four years ago, and I will use Napoleon Hill’s lifetime work, his twenty plus years of research to teach the laws that propels my success.

That is not to say I will not fail or be sick again, as I work to get across the point that we can all achieve our greatest desires, for we are the only ones standing in the way of our success. But each of my instances of failure and sickness is my gift, for  they reveal a new secret to reaching my goal of connecting with you, reaching you with the facts that you need to go sure-footedly on your way to accomplishing your dreams.

So I start over with the marriage of my story with the success laws of the late Napoleon Hill. Will you join your dream of success, your desire to achieve your great purpose, with our life purpose to teach you how?

3 thoughts on “Success in the Face of Failure and Illness”

  1. Great post. I love this new angle – using your own personal experience to illustrate the power of Hill’s lessons. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together as one book.

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