We all know the stories of many successful businesses in Ireland and further afield. They had to go out and put themselves on the line and take many set-backs time after time.
Many of us have sampled Supermac’s food. A Galway man, Pat McDonagh one of Ireland’s most successful and respected business leaders. His flagship enterprise, Supermac’s, currently has a turnover in excess of €83m and has over 2,500 employees working in 100 locations across the country. Today, it serves an average of over 320,000 customers per week.
Further afield, avid followers of Harry Potter may not realize the author, J. K. Rowling, wrote her first play following her job loss as a secretary in the U.S. Instead of giving up and feeling sorry for herself, she put pen to paper alongside raising her daughter single-handedly. As she lived in poor accommodation, she stopped off in a local café daily and began jotting down “the bones” of what became the famous Harry Potter. Following completion of her first book, she got rejected by more than 15 publishers, until one day when the Chariman of Bloomsbury brought home the manuscript for his daughter to read The rest is history.
Madona who will play in Dublin this summer, began her musical career following her job loss from Dunkin Doughnuts. From here she began writing songs. She formed a band which was soon dropped from the record label. This did not prevent her from moving forward. She persisted and followed her dream of going solo. She knocked on many doors until she got that first breakthrough.
Success can be classed as going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond.