Keep Moving Forward

by Frank

THE MOVIE

I had the opportunity to watch, Meet the Robinsons with my son the other night. The overall theme of this futuristic, colorful, animation movie is to get people to “Keep Moving Forward.” In this awesome tale failure was celebrated and recognized as a greater achievement than success. You have to fail to get things to work properly and every failure gets you one step closer to success.

The young star in this movie is an orphan inventor but none of his inventions seems to function properly. At a science fair he meets a young man who informs him he is from the future and due to some twists and turns the young inventor ends up in a future world dominated by imagination and science. Long story short, he finds out the future world in which he is a visitor in is full of the inventions he created. He grows up to be one of the greatest inventors of all times. His failures, one after another, time after time, have given him enough experience to be successful.

THE LESSON

Good story. Its impact was immediate in my life. At least for a short while failures didn’t keep me from pressing forward. Life has a way of testing you on the lessons you learn. The movie teaches us no matter what the obstacle, no matter how many times you fall short, to keep moving forward. Celebrate failure. With my own personal application I would like to add on: to remember the successes of your past to help motivate your future .

MY STORY

I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I went to school in the Detroit Public School system. I didn’t go to the best of the best schools nor did I excel in any particular area that would make me standout, at least not in a good way. I didn’t wear the latest and greatest clothes and let’s just say a good grade was not my motivation to make it to school everyday. My future was about as bright as a broken light bulb. So whenever my current situations get me down I just remember how far I have already come.

It is a great motivator to look at your past successes and use them as fuel for future growth. There were people in my past that told me I wouldn’t amount to anything. Look at me now. There were naysayers, doubters, and haters. Look at me now. There were even times when I didn’t even believe in myself. Look at me now. And guess what, I am still not done yet. This is only my introduction.

I will be the first person to admit that I have a long way to go.  Whenever I feel like giving up I keep moving forward while remembering the successes of my past.

Reflect.

What successes can you use to motivate your future?

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Thomas Edison