Lessons about failure from erma bombeck


Erma Bombeck was an American writer and humorist (1927-1996). She had a long story of difficulties, and though she wanted to become a writer, she started writing obituaries for a newspaper in Dayton, Ohio. A counselor had told her, “Forget to be a writer.” After she married, they told her she couldn’t have children, so she adopted a baby girl. Then she went to have two children of her own, though she lost several pregnancies.

In 1964, Erma convinced the editor of a small newspaper to publish a weekly humorous column, and she started being paid 3 dollars each article. Then she was offered to write three times a week in her old newspaper. By 1967, her column extended to 900 publications in the United States. She wrote her columns for thirty years, and published fifteen books. She was honored by many organizations.

At a time when her health was complicated with breast cancer and renal deficiencies, she spoke courageously of her own failures.

She expressed that she was giving an inauguration speech at the university, not because of her successes but because of her failures. She only sold 2 humoristic records in Beirut… she started a comic show that lasted a short time…. She wrote a play for Broadway that never made it to Broadway. Once when she had a book signing she said two people arrived, one asking where the bathroom was, and the other asking to buy the table where the books were placed.

She said you need to tell yourself you are not a failure, you only failed for trying. There is a great difference between both, she said. She expressed that she had a difficult road, she buried babies, her parents, and she had cancer. But the secret, she said “is to keep all in perspective, which is what I do.”

Erma was a fighter that overcame innumerable obstacles, filling the world with her humor and talent.

What is your perspective on life? Will you stay along the way or will you continue to work towards your dreams?

"Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up", says a Chinese proverb.

As the Bible says in Philippians 3:14 NIV “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

If you have stumbled and fallen, renew your strength and get up again. Your dreams and your challenges are waiting.


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