I’m getting ready to start a blog concerning turning failure into success. Before I do, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. I need to learn what I am doing.

Several years ago I used this website as a training tool to learn WordPress. Now I am re-purposing it to use it as a training tool to learn how to blog so I can start a blog concerning the Failing to Success project.

While I am learning, I will be posting two of my many failures each week. Enjoy them. Send me suggestions on how to improve them. When I get my Mail Chimp sign-in setup, sign in. Of course, I will have to bribe you before you will part with your email address.

For 5 or 10 years people have been telling me that I need to write a book about how my many failures have led to numerous successes. Apparently I have about 150 major failures so if I post 2 blogs per week, I can keep posting for 1.5 years.

Meanwhile, I will be working on my book.

My major focus since September, 2013, has been working on a project in one of the worst slums in Haiti, Jubilee.  Pastor Benoit, President of the Lutheran Church of Haiti, challenged me to find or develop a technology which would allow the construction of earthquake and hurricane-resistant homes for a cost of materials of $1,000 US.

I failed.

The cost came in at $2,800.  With other things, like labor and food for the workers, the total cost was between $7,000 and $8,000 US.

That beats the competition which often costs $35,000 per house.

My failure book has remained low on my priority list, but I needed a break after my last trip to Haiti, so I took a couple of days and wrote (rather than going to the beach, going out and getting drunk,  or the other things that normal people do when they need a break).

Over the years I have had numerous young ladies adopt me as their grandpa. Most of the residents of Jubilee (population some where between 12,000 and 18,000) call me PAPA, which is the Haitian Creole for Grandpa. That means I am finally successful at something. When I sit down, my lap is full of children.

The blogs, and the book which will be developed, are aimed at those who do not see how they can be successful. They are being written with a reading level and a content so they may be used by high school students, but they provide guidance to all who feel that they are failures.

In the draft book, rather than lecture, I have tried to tell interesting stories with some motivation tucked in. When you need motivation, it is easier to remember a story than to try to remember some boring quote.

Now, for a few successes:

My 4th grade teacher told me I would never be able to write a complete sentence. Now, I write books.

I made a 60 on an IQ test and was moved into the Tier 3 classes in the 5th grade because I was borderline non-teachable. Then I was moved up to the Tier 1 classes.

My doctor told me that I would never be able to pass a military physical, but I did.

I was never good enough to satisfy my father, but it led to me becoming a world-class expert in his field.

People laughed when I photographed cockroaches on the run, but were stunned when I photographed mosquitoes in flight. This was back in the 1960s before all of the modern technology was developed.

People said mortar could not be made without Portland cement, but I developed and produced such a product. I knew I was doing something right when the cement industry joined together to change the standards because masons loved my Portland cement-free mortar. As far as I know this is the only time the cement industry  has agreed on anything.

Sit back, relax, read, enjoy, and then go out and conquer the world. You have my permission to be more successful than I am.