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Jewish World Review August 26, 2003 /29 Elul 5763

Steve Young

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(Test Your "Failure Is A Stepping Stone To Success" Aptitude) | Can you guess who Today's Failure is?

Disabled from childhood she failed at everything she tried.

She was so full of frustration and anger, she seemed beyond all hope.

Alexander Graham Bell recommended a twenty-year-old to try and help Today's Failure deal with her disabilities.

Still disabled, she graduated from Radcliffe University.

Though unable to see from the age of a year and a half, she became a world renowned writer.

Though unable to speak from the age of a year and a half, she became a world renowned motivational speaker.

As a crusading humanitarian she revolutionized help for the blind and the deaf.

She never questioned her body's failure, saying it was her dark and silent world that what ended up shaping her mind.

Do you have any idea who this great failure was? Perhaps this last fact will help.

She spoke out on many social and political issues and in 1964 she received the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

If you guessed that Today's Failure was the remarkable Helen Keller, you were right. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."                        — Helen Keller

Remember, Failure is an event, not a person.

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JWR contributor Steve Young, author of Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Stepping Stones to Success," (Tallfellow Press), works with organizations that want to learn how to turn obstacles, adversity and failure into sources for business success and personal well-being. For more information on Steve speaking at your event, meeting or conference write to: or go to Comment by clicking here.


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