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Part of the Short Stories Series.

The Failure-- 11/02/08

Once again in his life he faced failure. Failure had become too familiar an occurrence in too many facets of his life. The few bright spots of his earlier life were dimmed by repeated loss of self-confidence, loss of focus, loss of direction to proceed.

He was a smart man, he was often sought out for advice and insight by others. He had a fine family and friends. He had credentials that hung on the wall, certificates from the past that now couldn't be converted to a more certain future.

He wasn't alone in this situation. There were millions of other men and women who, like him, once had a stronger self-esteem. Now self-esteem was in short supply. Frustrations, doubts, lack of opportunities were in large abundance and were unavoidable obstacles he and all those countless others faced on a daily basis.

A smile could sometimes be found on his face, although a frown from his personal distraught was more likely the apparent fixture on his face. This was the distinguishing feature on all their faces, this collection of failures of a once strong and proud nation.

The bleak outlook of so many became the invitation for the leader they all sought but had yet to recognize among them. They didn't know it at the time, but it was one of the biggest failures among them that would one day be the leader to bring them out of their dire straits. That leader would be openly welcomed by the multitude, but their time had not yet arrived. Which former failure would arise to the occasion? That person will know and act when they see first see those leadership qualities in themselves.


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