Once a prominent speaker began a seminar by showing his audience of 150 people a crisp $20 bill. He asked everyone , “Who wants this $20 bill?”

All 150 people nodded with enthusiasm.

He said, “I am going to give this money to someone, but first….” Then he proceeded to crumple the bill up.

He asked the crowd again if anyone wanted it.

All 150 hands went up in the air.

The speaker then dropped the money on the floor and stomped all over it.

He then raised it in the air to show it to the crowd. The money was filthy.

Does anyone want it now?”

Every hand went up.

The speaker proceeded to tell the crowd that no matter what he did to ruin the money, people still wanted it because its value remained the same. It was still worth $20.

Life often beats us up to the point where we feel inadequate. Sometimes we inadvertently make bad choices that result in disasters. Sometimes we fail to meet our own expectations and that of others. However, it’s important to remember that our failures don’t define us, they don’t degrade our value. Failures are just universe’s ways of telling us to try a little harder. We all have something special to offer that no one can take away from us.