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Failure leads to success
Failure leads to Success.
Failure leads to success if we make it a learning experience: Failure is not in the opposite direction to Success. It is a place we can choose to stop at along the journey. How we accept failure can lead us on to success. If at first you don't succeed. try. try again. This adage is remarkably true and must have been written for someone who experienced the bitter taste of failure but did not give in. It was penned by William E. Hickson.
Whatever we think we might like to do the outcome is uncertain, but that is not a reason to be afraid of trying . Disappointment is the opposite of appointment and we all have an appointment with our destiny. How we deal with failure and disappointment is one of the valuable life skills and a lesson we do well to learn early rather than latter in life. Over protectiveness may not be the kindness it is meant to be. It is life's little knocks that give us strength and make us smarter. Resilience in the face of defeat can turn the situation around.
Adrenalin is the result of the fight or flee impulse when we detect we are in physical danger. There is no shame in retreat if we can return later to fight on. Victory takes added effort to be won. Achievement or underachievement. The ones who strive to achieve success are like the proverbial Hare and Tortoise. It is not the instant success that is the most durable or worthwhile. Remember these things when you journey through life. Keep a clear vision of the path and where it is leading you. So many pointers are there to inspire us. One door closes and another one opens. Be nice to people on the way up the ladder to success because you may well meet them again coming back down. Think about these things and the truth within them.
Be careful what you wish for, your dreams may come true!
On the Way Up?
How the mighty fall, but rise again to succeed.
Last night doing some revision with my son for his tests, we read Sir Winston Churchill recounting the great troubles he experienced with examinations. He told in great detail and with some wit how his long list of failures at Latin, Science and Mathematics were eventually overcome. Many academics would have pronounced him to be second rate if judging him only on his examination results. Yet this man became one of the great Statesmen of the 20th century. He was gifted with great oratory that led the nations to victory. in addition, he was an accomplished painter and writer. Each one of us has the potential within us to achieve great things so long as we stick at it and don't give up. Failures will surely lead to success if we learn from them and readjust our efforts.
Another of my personal heroes is Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire businessman who despite leaving school at 15 years of age, went on to carve a niche for himself with his Virgin Brand. Firstly with music and other business ventures which now encompass railways and airlines and many philanthropic enterprises. He remains the same likeable, earnest fellow he always was. Success has not changed him but allowed his generosity of spirit to reach out and help others. These two men and others are excellent role models and examples of how to turn failure into success. Again, it is a question of attitude. Remain positive in the face of defeat. And as Scarlet O'Hara said somewhere . . . " Tomorrow is another day!"
Sir Winston Churchil & Edward Elgar - both Late developers
Enduring success takes time to achieve.
Since the joining of European countries into a Union of trading nations, there has been a long period of peace. This is to some extent the result of a slowly achieved success in political stabily and joint agreements.
When I started this Hub, I was looking at the topic on a more personal level and yet it can be applied at communal, national and international levels. Many of the major issues affecting us today especially relating to serious environmental problems will require considerable compromises by all parties concerned. Failure to reach agreement must not stop us in our search for a successful resolution. Failure is not an option . . . merely a stepping stone to Success. Amen.