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Success in failure

Updated on July 1, 2011

Failure is success from another perspective

Thomas Edison the American inventor (1847-1931) said "We haven't failed.We know a thousand things that wont work, so we are much closer to finding what will."

Bearing this in mind ,it is good to know that true success is not merely achieving the desired end result but also acknowledging the lessons learned along the path. In this quotation, the idea of not giving up is also a crucial aspect to achieving.

Never give up your ideas because they have no succeeded in the first few trials. Look back and positively acknowledge the wisdom you have achieved from not getting it right. It is this knowledge that will give you the strength to carry on. Also remember, experience breeds new perspectives.

In my experience as a teacher, turning failure into success has been the most rewarding factor of teaching.It is undeniable that the teacher has to put extra effort to guide the student and encourage them to keep trying,giving examples in history such as great scientist Einstein.He did not get all his answers at the first try,persistence pays and this is a great learning curve in the failure-success conversation.

As a teacher and mentor, I do not disregard the fact that if the student fails,part of that failure is also my responsibility. I have to succeed in one way or the other. This can come in the form of accomplishing the task as required or bringing on new lessons and perspectives from the failure.


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    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Jlava.Thank you.After reading your hubs,I can see why you would appreciate it!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I found your perspective refreshing!

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Paul.That is very true Paul.Thanks for mentioning.

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      Paul Goodman 

      7 years ago from Florida USA

      Good to read about your positive attitude. Part of Einstein's early failure, of course, was that he was breaking new ground, which wasn't appreciated or understood at first! :-)

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      Bud Gallant 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      This is a great way to look at failure, and I fully agree with this perspective. Thanks for the inspiring hub!

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Lady_E. Thanks for adding this. Adds value to the hub,I had not heard of that one.Cheers

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very inspiring. I like this and it's encouraging. It reminds me of the Post it Note. That square yellow paper we use in offices. The person who invented it was trying to make something else, but there was a mistake and it turned into a Post it Note. This is used in every office nearly all over the world. He created an excellent product by error. :)

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      @ Flora. I taught 12-20 year olds.You are absolutely right.The most appreciative and successful students were those that had had a great deal of failure.Once we got it right,there was no turning back for them.

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      7 years ago

      What grade/subject do you teach? I have found that when a person suceeds wuithout failure first, he or she does not fully appreciate success. It can be quite disheartening to realize that you peaked at a young age. Orson Welles comes to mind, to stay on a movie theme of the hubs I've been reading of yours. Citizen Kane was his first film and it was a hard faught battle to get it made and released. He had a wonderful career, but he never achieved as great as sucess after C.K.-at least not during his lifetime. He is better thought of now.

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      @sofs. Thanks for the advise,I will work on that.

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      7 years ago

      Great points there, I would say that failure is the other side of the same coin. If I may offer a suggestion here add more information to your hub or it make get moderated. It would be good to see these wise words around :) God Bless!

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      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I like a lot of Thomas Edison too, did you know he treated Tesla poorly? I just found that out last year, both men of genius. I don't know about you Alladream, but there's a lot of misfires out there in my experience, you offer good advice here to anyone who needs to keep on trying.

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      Cathi Sutton 

      8 years ago

      Very wise words of encouragement! I love your point of view! Great Hub!


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