Did you know the Levi Strauss was originally a tent maker in the 1850's? He used a heavy-duty denim fabric he had invented to make tents. He failed at his tent-endeavor. I wonder what we would all be wearing if he would have succeeded? Good morning! We are approaching the 5 year anniversary of my Good Morning newsletter. I wanted to take a brief pause this week to send a few of my favorite Good Mornings for all of our recent subscribers. Something great is going to happen again this year and I can't wait to see what it is! From November 21, 2005: You have likely noticed that throughout November I have been featuring a lot of these "hidden success" stories. Why? Because most success stories are journeys that included obstacles, "failures", detours, roadblocks and road bumps. Obstacles, "failures", detours, roadblocks and road bumps are KEY INGREDIENTS to success. We can't get to "success" in a personal or professional endeavor without that ingredient. Roadblocks and the like, teach us to stretch our thinking, reframe our situation, expand our possibilities -- which are also important ingredients of success. It would be wise to redefine success. I would define it as: A series of mistakes, small steps, accomplishments, detours, road blocks, dreams and persistence that eventually deliver us to a desired goal. Perhaps if we expected these "side-steps" we could accept them versus thinking they are reasons to abandon a goal. They aren't! They are just another step toward the end result. Your Turn: Post this new definition of success somewhere you will see it regularly. Your affirmation: There is no such thing as a setback. A setback is just another step toward success.