How Failure Makes You a Bad-ass.

Via David Romanelli
on Oct 27, 2011
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Beautiful Moment of the Day.

Sometimes we all feel like a fish out of water, like we’re not smart enough to make it in this world, as if we’re getting dragged under the current of life.

Consider the plight of Abraham Lincoln.

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private.

Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman.

As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success.

He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858.

At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.”

Turns out Abraham Lincoln was climbing up the wrong tree.

Thank God he tried climbing the tallest one of all.

As Samuel Beckett said, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”


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David Romanelli


About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


2 Responses to “How Failure Makes You a Bad-ass.”

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  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Love this – my mom always says: feeling like a ship at sea with no anchor. 🙂

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