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Knowing How to Overcome Failure

Updated on December 10, 2007

Knowing How to

Overcome Failure Is

Part of Being Successful

by Tim Connor

“Failure.” It’s only a word.

But it carries with it so much pain and so little concern,

so much frustration and so little respect,

so much stress and so little understanding that people

spend their lives running through their days

in the hope of avoiding the long arm of this little word.

To test your vision, you must risk failure.

To temper your ego, you must attempt the impossible.

To tell your story, you must take a chance.

To see beyond the horizon, you must spread your wings.

To be all you can be, you must stretch, flex, try, and go beyond your proven limits.

To bridge the silence, you must risk rejection.

To advance into the unknown, you must risk the peril of all your previous beliefs and emotions that feel so secure.

Failure is not negative. It is a teacher. It molds, refines, and polishes you so that one day your light will shine for all to see.

It isn’t the failure you experience that will determine your destiny, but your next step and then the next that will tell the story of your life.

“Gail Devers” by Arlene Bourgeois Molzàhn. From Top 10 American Women Sprinters by Arlene Bourgeois Molzàhn.

Above all, be positive. You failed because you tried.


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      hanxiansheng 10 years ago from China

      It's very poetic and useful, I like it, thank you very much.