Those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly

Those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly

Ever heard of Maisie Devore?

From her small town of Eskridge, Kansas; Maisie, in her early 50’s, dreamed of building a swimming pool for the town’s children to enjoy.

But how did she acquired funds?

She collected cash by collecting aluminum cans and redeeming them at the local recycling center. This led to the beginning of her crusade to make the swimming pool.

Rain or shine Maisie drove her old pick-up truck around town hunting for cans in the trash. The town’s people also helped her in fulfilling her dream by giving off cans to her.

People even called her “Crazy Maisie,” but that also was not enough to stop her from chasing her dream. She did this, and many times, to the point of exhaustion, and then she got a lot of grief due to the fact that wish if she could do a little bit more and achieve more per day.

Thirty years and six million redeemed cans later, the nickels, dimes, and dollars added up to more than $83,000! But that was not enough to pacify her and her dream. 

Along with redeeming money from aluminum cans, she also made afghans and quilts to raffle off, picked wild berries to sell as homemade jams and jellies, and even sold scrap metal. All this extra effort was solely due to raising more money so that at the time of building the swimming pool, less amount of money should not pose a barrier in the incompletion of her dream.

And all-in-all she was able to raise $100,000 for her dream project. And finally with that money along with a grant of $73,000 from the state of Kansas, the pool was finally opened in the year 2001, in honor of her name, and she was of 83 years old at the time of the inauguration of the pool.

But what made her go so far in fulfilling her dream?

What made her fight for it against all the odds?

Here’s how -

Dream, Commit and Take Action

So let us face this, we all have a passion, a dream, a goal. A mental shift happens from thought to action, whenever it’s to write a book, run a marathon, start a non-profit or even build a community swimming pool, whatever that desire is…

Confidence and Belief in Oneself

Once an interviewer from the CBS Sunday Morning show asked Maisie how she managed to not get discouraged over the years, she said, “If you think you can do it, usually one way or another you can get it done, but on the other hand if you think you can’t do it, you won’t do it.” 

Henry Ford said it best, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

Faith Helps Us Focus on the End

Having faith in oneself is very crucial if you want to achieve something big in your life. It is an inner knowing that things will work out without any evidence that it’s true.

But if we think openly, faith is knowing in our hearts, after staking claim to something. It is that, if we keep focusing on the end result, consistently laying the groundwork to have it happen, then it will certainly come in our way.

They strive to achieve what they dream for even if it comes at a cost.


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F.Kennedy


They are the true fighters who wish to accept any challenge which comes their way, for the sake of fulfilling their goals. They are hard to spot and are one in a million.