Success is sometimes built on catastrophe.

Happy Friday you guys! Even though I just launched my blog, I am going to start adding more posts on a weekly basis, like this one in particular. Every Friday, I am going to post a quote and my thoughts on it. It may be a famous quote, a quote from a pastor, or even a quote I found on Pinterest. Those are the best quotes, right?

Weekly Quote Motivation

The quote in the image above was a quote that I found on Pinterest. If you haven’t had a chance yet to take a look at my Pinterest account, I would love it if you did! A lot of the things I write about are from inspiration I find from Pinterest. I have a TON of PINS….several thousand actually.  I have over 50 boards and I have such a huge variety of pins and boards to look at! I took this quote from my board: “Inspirational. Encouraging. Uplifting.”

Today’s quote starts off with a generic sentence: “Success is not build on success.” This is a very common viewpoint that many people have grown accustomed to. When you start a new project or a new job, you are not successful right away. You are starting from the very beginning. When you are first starting out, you have a great deal of passion and excitement for this new adventure in your life. In the beginning, often times, our success is built on trying something new, or stepping out of our comfort zones.

A few weeks later, maybe even months, your attitude begins to change. In the beginning, you were overjoyed to be trying something new. But then, you have your first failure. You make a mistake, maybe several mistakes. You start to become discouraged and overwhelmed. Maybe you were in a position where someone could assist you when you made a mistake. But, maybe you were in a position where you didn’t have anyone to help you and you had to correct your mistakes all on your own. The second and third sentence of today’s quote says: “It’s built on failure. It’s build on frustration.” Success is not build on success. Success is built on failure.

No matter what the scenario is, everyone makes mistakes. Whether you are just starting out or you have years and years of experience, you are going to make mistakes. Sometimes, they are small mistakes that have a easy fix. While others are big mistakes which takes time and concentration to fix.

Being a banker, I have make countless mistakes. When I was first starting out as a Teller, I was out of balance once. When I was in a more seasoned role with two years of banking in my portfolio, I was late on a deadline. Being in banking for over four years now, I still make mistakes. The first mistake when I was just starting out taught me to be more careful when I was counting money. (I can count money very fast, but sometimes careful concentration and taking your time is better than being fast) When I missed a deadline, I had been sick for a few days and I did not present my best work due to being ill, which made me want to prefect the work I had completed while I was sick. So, I was not able to complete the project by the due date.

All of the mistakes I have made have not only taught me a lesson, but they were the foundation for my growth. Even though I made a few mistakes along the way, I still worked hard to provide quality work that would benefit my department and the bank. Those mistakes taught me time management, professionalism, patience, as well as many other qualities that have helped me grow as an employee and a person.

Now, the last sentence may sound a little confusing. You may think it doesn’t even make sense. The last sentence says: “Sometimes, it’s built on catastrophe.” Sometimes, success is built on catastrophe. Catastrophe is a word that means “an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster.” You’re probably wondering how you could become successfully when a disaster is the foundation.

My success was actually built on a damaging and disastrous event. From the day I was born until I was 7 years old, my birth mother physically abused me. That is a long story, one in which it would take an entire novel to write. My grandparents rescued me when I was 7 years old. I was afraid of men, I was afraid to be alone, I was afraid of the entire world. I have struggled with anxiety and depression my entire life all because my mother chose to hurt me.

All through school, I struggled making friends because I didn’t fit in. I was a complete introvert. I love art, music, playing card games, and being with my family. I never attended a high school party, I never drank or got into any kind of trouble. You could say my grandparents sheltered me. But really, I think I sheltered myself.

I never thought I would be successful in life because I always felt like my mother and the pain she caused me would always hold me back. Today, I have been in banking for 4 years. I have been promoted 3 times. I have created detailed and complicated reports and ways to track data for the bank. If you had asked me when I was younger if I ever could see myself doing what I am doing now, I would have laughed.

“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. Sometimes, it’s built on catastrophe.” You can be successful regardless of your past, and regardless of what others think of you. You can be anything you set your mind to.

If you are 30 years old and thinking about going back to college, but are afraid to since you would be 35-40 when you graduate, GO FOR IT! You going to be 40 anyway. You might as well be doing what you want to be doing.

If you are in currently in your dream job, but recently have been thinking about opening up your own business, GO FOR IT! If you don’t go for it, you will always wonder where you would be in life if you had chosen to take that route.

If you are wanting to travel the world, but it would mean you would be traveling alone, GO FOR IT! You don’t have to have anyone with you to do what makes you happy. There are always new friends to be made, and  you can always go back home to visit your friends and family when you want to.

Don’t let the circumstances of others or their opinions affect what YOU do with YOUR life. Remember, everyone starts somewhere. No one is successful from the very beginning. When you set your mind to something, and you believe in yourself, you will be successful regardless of your past, regardless of your circumstances, and regardless of the things you feel may hold you back.



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