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Oct 11, 2013

Building On Your Failures

Oct 11, 2013 9:51 AM Posted by XiMnet Malaysia , , , ,
I love to read. I’ve read all sorts to feed my seemingly insatiable hunger to know. From fiction to non-fiction, from poetry to rock stars preaching on novel ways to alleviate poverty, I’ve read across the shelves like I would pick my way across the Sunday buffet lunch spreads.

And I love to read self-helps and business books.

A large part of business publications sell us the formulaic easy ways to achieve success. Everybody wants to learn that Quick & Easy 3 Steps to Become Rich & Famous or the 5 Simple Steps to Make Your Million Before 30 while sipping Latte over a Saturday afternoon between surfing the Internet and talking to friends.

Truth be told, true success comes only to those few who refuse to give up on their dreams.

No, not just any dreams, but that ONE DREAM. That one you cling on to everyday with every breath you take. That ONE DREAM without which nothing really matter much anymore. To get to that ONE DREAM, you would have bet your life on it, get thrown to outside your comfort zone,  take the blows, kneel over to stand up again, and most often than not, you will be taken down, torn inside out and kick you about many times over before Life finally decides you are worthy of your ONE DREAM.    

You see now, that glittering word success is not for everyone.

Yes, success takes Perseverance. A neat little word with a lot of mess packed into it.

It takes Passion. Not MTV-styled passion, but Passion with its root meaning, “to suffer” for something you care deeply for.

You’ll never get to wrap your hand on the handle to Success if that ONE DREAM isn’t packed with that ONE REASON why you want to wake up in the morning and live your life for.  Victor Frankl says if you have the meaning for being, you will live through even the most horrific experience in life. He lived through the holocaust and survived to tell his story. He wanted to tell his story so he survived to tell it.

I built XIMNET for one reason. I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives through deeply-engaging, meaningful work that produces beautiful results for paying customers. I believe we should live to serve and to love with our actions daily  in exchange for a fulfilled existence.

And that brings me back to where I started. The journey towards Success has been hard all along for me but it’s been meaningful all the way. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve done things that I don’t respect myself later,  I’ve tripped over foolish things but I know I will get there soon. I can feel the wind on my face now.

To all my customers, my partners, my team-members and friends, I promise the success is as much for you as it is for me.

So if you are having a hard time now, remember there’s a season for everything. If you are on your knees, or have fallen over, you can stand up, dust off the dirt and stay in the fight.

I’ve stayed in the fight long enough to know that Life crowns the one who finds meaning in the hardest black-out blows. You just need to stand up before the count of 10.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 …

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Come on,  you can stand up and punch again!