Television personality and author Brian Kilmeade knows that if at first you don’t succeed, you’re not a failure.
“If you don’t learn from failure along the way, you’re never going to grow,” said Kilmeade.
To the outside world, Kilmeade has it made. He’s the co-host of Fox & Friends, as well as the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Brian Kilmeade Show.
Of his five published books, three have landed a spot on the New York Times best-seller list.
But Kilmeade’s story isn’t a Promised Land of overnight success. It’s a story of grit, of losing, and of try, trying again.
“I’m lucky now, but I want to tell you the journey I’ve been through,” Kilmeade told the Regent University’s Executive Leadership Series audience on Friday, January 26. “I feel lucky every single day. I don’t even consider what I do work.”
From getting benched on the soccer field while simultaneously holding dreams of going pro, to losing all of his possessions in a house-fire – barring his least-favorite outfit he was wearing on his back – every step of Kilmeade’s journey is riddled with remembering his humble beginnings.
Much like the humble beginnings of a new nation hoping to expand westward beyond the Mississippi River during the War of 1812.
Kilmeade’s latest book, co-written with Don Yaeger, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America’s Destiny,” released in October 2017. It explores the fateful battle commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, which drew a decisive victory line in the sand for American soldiers, and drew British troops out of Louisiana.
Kilmeade explained that American soldiers had a nearly impossible task ahead of them. But Jackson’s leadership was “loved, feared and revered.” And a man who was born into poverty, with failures to his name, became the most famous man in America and completed a two-term presidency.
“Don’t judge your failures,” said Kilmeade. “Judge your results.”
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