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    The triumph of success over failure

    The secret of business success is the combination of imagination and enterprise, claims James C. Hulmes, public speaker, speechwriter and author. He illustrates that with this brief anecdote from his 1978 bestseller, Speaker’s Treasury of Anecdotes about the Famous.

    Over a hundred years ago when Gail Borden, American pioneer and inventor, was crossing the Atlantic from England, two children on board died because the milk was contaminated. He began to dream of a way to make milk safe for shipboard use. He eventually discovered a way through a principle called “condensed milk.” When Gail Borden died, his gravestone carried this epitaph: “I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.”

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