“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”-Winston Churchill
This Day in History as It Relates to the American Revolution
On this date in 1778, South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. The Continental Congress had adopted the Articles of Confederation on November 17, 1777 and submitted the request to the states for immediate action. On this date (February 5) South Carolina was the first to ratify it, however, other states saw problems with it and asked for changes. On June 26, 1778, The Articles were ordered to be engrossed, but the engrossment was found to be incorrect so a second engrossed copy was ordered.
On July 9, 1778 second engrossed copy of the Articles was signed and ratified by the delegates from eight states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina.North Carolina delegates signed the ratification of the Articles of Confederation on July 21, 1778, July 24 Georgia ratified, November 26, New Jersey ratified, May 5, 1779 Delaware ratified. On March 1, 1781 Mayrland ratified making it the last of the thirteen to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
The States soon realized that problems existed in the Articles of Confederation so Congress approved a plan to hold a convention in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation.
Failure Doesn’t Have To Be Permanent
The first attempt that the United States made for creating a document to live by, The Articles of Confederation, failed to provide a government strong enough for the country. It wasn’t until the Founding Fathers got together and drafted The Constitution of the United States that it finally found the working document that would catapult the fledgling nation into the greatest country on earth.
Other great events in history did not occur without much failure. Everyone knows that Thomas Edison failed countless times before he invented a functioning light bulb. Everyone has also heard the question “What do you do when you have failed seven times?” and the answer: “Get up an eighth time.”
There are two things we learn from failing. One is that there was something that needs to be changed in order to succeed. We have the choice of either tweaking something in order to succeed or we can do as the Founding Fathers did with the Articles of Confederation and start over. The second thing we learn is whether we are going to become a failure and quit all together, or get up one more time and enthusiastically change the failure into a success. How we react to failure determines whether we remain failures or become successful. It depends upon whether we get up and make the changes necessary to obtain successful results. Quit now and guarantee failure. Make changes and perhaps next time you will succeed.
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