A Persuasive Speech About Failure

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Ghida krisht
201601423
COM 203
Persuasive speech outline
Topic: embracing failure
Purpose: at the end of my speech the audience should change their perspective towards failure and use it as a guideline to success. INTRODUCTION: “I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeeded” a quote by Michael Jordan. How many of you believe failure is a prerequisite to success? , how many of you believe that the difficulties and obstacles you’ve faced changed who you are as a person? well, life is not a wish granting factory , it will feel long and tough , eventually at one point you will fail , we all do , but it’s not about failing it’s about how you perceive failure , that is what defines you as a person , Samuel Becket once
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- However , robin then managed to overcome his failure
Sign post: now that we know the psychology behind failure, why and when it affects us, let’s see some real life success stories of well known figures we all love
III. One fails towards success
A. “I did not fail , I just found out 1000 ways it won’t work” Thomas Edison
1. His teachers said “he’s too stupid to learn”
2. He was fired from a job for being unproductive
3. After 1000 failed trials to create the light bulb, when a reporter asked “how did it feel to fail 1000 times” Thomas Edison replied “I did not fail 1000 times, the light bulb was just invented in 1000 steps”.
B. “it’s impossible to live without failure , unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all , in such case, you have failed by default” J.K Rowling according to the “uncollege board” (2015)
1. She started her career as a single mother with a child to raise
2. After writing 3 chapters of harry potter , her manuscript was rejected by 12 different publishers
3. J.K Rowling is now the author of a $20 billion worth book series that has been translated into 72
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