A university professor started off his class by picking out of his back pocket a 20-pound note. And in this lecture hall of about 200 people he asked, "How many of you would like this note?"
Naturally, all 200 hands went up. He said, "Interesting." He then said, "Before I let you have it, let me ask you this question." He took the note and folded it in half twice, and then he said, "How many of you want this note?" Still 200 hands went up. Now he said, "Let me try something else." He took the note and he crumpled it.
And he said, "How many of you want this note now?" Still 200 hands went up. Finally he chucked the note on the floor. He screwed it with his shoe and crumpled it even more, picked it back up, now with dirt, and said, "How many of you want this note?"
All 200 hands were still up. He said, "Today, you’ve learned an important lesson. No matter how much I crumpled that note, how much I scrunched it up, how many times it was trodden on, you still wanted it, because it was still worth 20-pounds."
In the same way that that 20-pound note held its value,so do you."
No matter how many times life will tread on you, life will crumple you, life will scrunch you, and life squeeze you, you will always keep your value, that spark within us all of bliss, knowledge, and eternity that exists, that spark will never be taken away.
Our value is not created by the price of our clothes or our bank balance or the job title that we have. See, we should be building life and not just building our CVs. The challenge we have is that we only talk about people’s failures when they succeed.
And that’s why they become this taboo or we feel like their failures never happened. We need to share these stories earlier.
We need to bring out these stories and experiences on the journey so that people who are on the jouney can actually follow in those footsteps. And that’s why Steve Jobs said, "You can’t connect the dots moving forward. You only can when you’re looking backwards."