Failure is the Architect of Success

4 Lessons failure can teach you about success: ⁣⁣

Growing up in New York City I suppose that for part of my life I had been guilty of taking many of its iconic landmarks for granted. Those landmarks, like its culture, were erected from a history so rich, and so deep it might as well be rooted in its bedrock. When you’re blind to a city’s culture, you’re also deep to the lessons it can teach you. When I moved back to New York City from California in 2001, I vowed to never make that mistake again. No matter what city I have been in since, I’ve paid attention. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In 1870, John Roebling started the audacious, yet seemingly delusional project of constructing what would become the Brooklyn Bridge. During its construction Roebling was ridiculed in the press for his ridiculous ambition. Top engineers claimed that the laws of physics would not permit a suspension bridge of 1825 meters to stand. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ While in the midst of battling a full-on assault in the papers and attempting a supposedly impossible task with no precedent to validate its plausibility tragedy struck… literally. John Roebling was hit by a ferry. Soon after his wounds became infected and he died. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ His son Washington Roebling was left with the nearly impossible task of finishing the construction of the bridge that was to connect Brooklyn and Manhattan. Soon after tragedy struck yet again. Washington was paralyzed from decompression disease. The task of completing the bridge was left to yet another Roebling, Washington’s wife Emily. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ After thirteen years the bridge was finally completed in 1883. It stood as the worlds tallest sky scraper as well as the longest suspension bridge ever erected. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Granted, the clear majority of us will never have to contend with the bends, but there are lessons the Roebling’s can teach us. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1. Anything enduring is the result of time invested in the process. The Brooklyn Bridge took 13 shocking years to complete, yet still stands over 126 years later. Self-determination theory shows us that the payoff must be within the process. Its only when the act of exercise is an intrinsic reward within itself that our chances of adhering to th


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