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Failure part 2

Failure: Week 2

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison, America’s greatest inventor, most notably of the electric light

Translation for Adults

America’s greatest inventor is probably also America’s greatest failure, if you’re counting. Maybe no on ever faced and fought through more failures on the way to success than Thomas Edison, which makes him a great role model, and not as an inventor. He never gave up because he knew that was real failure; that is the end of the road toward whatever goal you are pursuing. Thomas Edison had 1,999 failed experiments before he invented the electric light, but he didn’t stop there: the 2,000th time was the charm. There is no stopping when you are striving toward a goal because you may be closer to success than you think.

Translation for Kids

Thomas Edison was America’s greatest inventor. He invented the electric light. He had to try and fail 1,999 times before he succeeded. He never gave up. If you stop, then you will never reach your goals. It takes years of practice, training and discipline to earn your Black Belt. You will fail many times. You are also learning the Black Belt spirit. You will keep trying because Black Belt is your goal. You can’t stop after working so hard. Your goal of Black Belt is within reach. Don’t let any failures stop you from succeeding.

Class Discussion for Kids

1. What can you do that took a long time to achieve?

2. Did you ever feel like quitting before you reached your goal?


The Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness was founded in 2005 by Master Paul Gruschow, Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness’s lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness’s adult program is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Rochester Kung Fu and Fitness has a large family program, where families can learn martial arts and character in a friendly supportive environment. Where families together can improve their physical development with their Kung Fu and improve their character and learn lifelong skills as a family.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness or call directly at 585-413-0835. You can also visit our website at

About Master Paul J. Gruschow:  Paul is a Ninth-Generation Master of the 7-Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu System under world renowned Grand Master Raymond Fogg and the United States Kung Fu Exchange Federation. Master Paul Gruschow sits on the board of the United States Kung Fu Exchange Federation as well. He has been teaching martial arts for over 20 years and has created many top internationally ranked competitors. Master Gruschow is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, self-defense, and martial arts training, around the world.

The Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness is located at 2496 West Ridge Rd, Rochester NY 14626.

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