Across the nation, college students have been deemed sufficiently educated “to leave the halls of learning” with an official college degree signifying that they are now ready to enter the American workforce. These students have walked across the stage, shaken hands with dignitaries, sang one more verse of their Alma Mater, and turned their tassels, signifying that a new season of life is upon them.
The task at hand is now to take what has been learned in the classroom and apply those skills and principles to everyday work situations. For some, this means moving to a new location – maybe to another town or even to another state – and encountering new situations and new people. As with most of us, change can bring with it stress, anxiety, and worry in varying degrees. We may begin to question ourselves or even second-guess ourselves. Am I good enough? Will I be good enough? Can I meet the mark? Will I grow with this company? Will I be effective and efficient in my new position? What will my employer think of me? What will my co-workers think of me?
It is natural to have these thoughts – most of us do. Even seasoned employees will have these thoughts from time to time. However, I would like to minimize any apprehension you may have as you begin a new chapter your life. Therefore, I leave you these thoughts as well as my best wishes for a bright future.
Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York City caught on.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”
Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs and struck out 1,330 times in his career about which he said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers before having his first book published.
Hank Aaron went 0 for 5 his first time at bat with the Milwaukee Braves.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.
Elvis Presley, after one performance, was told by Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”