Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Tell me what would you try if you knew you were eventually going to succeed at it?

Not that it would be simple and easy or just happen without much effort.

But that you would work hard and try and fail and try and fail and then achieve success.

The truth is, you’re already there.

You’re already at the point of “just about to succeed.”


Even if you’re oblivious. Even if you’re at rock bottom. Even if you’re stumbling around clueless right now.

There’s one thing that makes all the difference between the failures that hold people back and the failures that push people forward.

And that’s hope.

Hope leads to learning goals, which are conducive to growth, change and improvement. People with learning goals are effectively engaged in their learning, constantly planning strategies to meet their goals, and observing their progress to stay on track. Many researches shows that learning goals are positively related to success across a wide swatch of human life.
Those people that have lack of hope, on the other hand, tend to adopt mastery goals. Individuals with mastery goals choose easy tasks that don’t offer a challenge or opportunity for growth. When they fail, they quit. People with mastery goals act helpless, and feel a lack of control over their surroundings. They don’t have confidence in their capacity to obtain the kind of future they want. They have no hope.

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe