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  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 3 months ago

    Is there such a thing as failure?  If you believe that there is such a concept of failure, do you further contend that there are failures whether in school, jobs, or even in life?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image93
      paradigmsearchposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Yes. Yes, yes, and yes.

  2. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 3 months ago

    When the participates in an activity decide there is a succeed/failure criteria for the outcome, then there is one.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image98
    Marisa Wrightposted 3 months ago

    The popular saying is, "There are no failures, only opportunities", but I don't think that's meant to be taken literally.    A failure is a failure, what it's saying is that you can choose how to react to it.

    1. ChristinS profile image97
      ChristinSposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      I agree.  Failure can be used as a learning opportunity or an excuse to stop trying.

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image96
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 months ago

    Do you know how many times Edison "failed" when looking for an appropriate filament for his light bulb? Yes, of course there is failure. Failure is not  necessarily negative. It has a value if understand it and use it correctly.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      To all, this is very good, even excellent discussion.  Continue the discussion, thank you.

  5. Terrielynn1 profile image94
    Terrielynn1posted 3 months ago

    I don't believe in failure. Everything is a lesson learned. It may seem that way at first. Sometimes its  not the right time. When we don't succed, there might be something better just around the corner and you need to move on to find it. Many important successes were at first thought to be failures.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, failure is real and must be acknowledged. The new attitudes of some is that a person's self esteem is more important. We should not judge..., incompetence cannot be pointed out. All this leads to a "snowflake" work force where people are not held accountable for their actions.
      This is more prevalent in government service than private industry. At least, in private companies, the threat of being fired or termminated is a real incentive to do well.

      There are two forms of failure. One because someone tried something new, took a chance and failed. That is a good thing. He has learned from his mistake and next time he will do better.

      The second kind of failure is someone who does not try, who does not innovate who goes with the flow and do the minimum necessary to keep his job and exists in mediocrity. He is happy with his status and will not change or adapt or experiment or accept help or constructive criticism.
      This is mostly what exists in our government today. Look at any government bureacracy and this is what you will find. In most cases, they cannot be fired for incompetence.

  6. ryanpugs profile image59
    ryanpugsposted 3 months ago

    Low self-esteem and feelings of self-loathing or 'failure' are rising and will reach epidemic status in the future.

    This generation is the first in several generations to be poorer than the one which came before, that's one factor.

    Another is automation, there will be less jobs and that is a problem society needs to deal with.

    At some stage what constitutes "failure" needs to be reconsidered by society, otherwise we're going reach a position where the majority of people feel like a failure.

    Perhaps the real "failure" is that is becoming increasingly difficult for people to "succeed". That one is on society as a whole, society is failing.

    There is a growing suicide rate in most developed countries, it doesn't get discussed enough.

    One problem I feel is job snobbery. For me, anybody who provides for their family is succeeding. Even if they are working on the checkout at walmart. They are fulfilling their basic role in life to provide for their offspring.

    Those people may feel like a failure though, perhaps because they are looked down upon by people who earn more money (but usually are equally as miserable, sometimes more).

    Therein lies another issue though, young people in the west are not having children because they don't feel they can afford them, that itself is a failure.... we're failing to reproduce. Its literally the reason we are on this planet, to continue our species.

    1. jackclee lm profile image81
      jackclee lmposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      Our first commandment - be fruitful and multiply...

  7. Ivan Hernandez profile image92
    Ivan Hernandezposted 3 months ago

    Didn't you learn anything from my RemedyGrove article? Visit my profile and click on the article that has the RemedyGrove.com heading over the article. It should say "How to Overcome Failure," and read the article from top to bottom.

  8. ExpertWordsmith profile image77
    ExpertWordsmithposted 3 months ago

    Brando and failure- I do not get it. He's the most successful guy in my opinion, God Bless Him.
    Your answer is simply in the picture you posted, be like Brando and you will avoid failure smile

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 months agoin reply to this

      This was Brando in character in the movie, ON THE WATERFRONT.   One of the phrases the character stated was that he could have been a contender!

  9. threekeys profile image82
    threekeysposted 3 months ago

    I agree with what you have expressed ryanpugs.
    And, I would like to say this even if it is off centre in response to the question. The way we are, being uber rich is very uncool and wrong in view of how the majority are. You don't need all that money to live day to day. Such extravagance just to feed one's ego? Just not okay, now. And by saying that I am no way condoning poverty. We all need comfort and beauty in our lives. But we need to get real and even the scaels out more, to cover most people. Being uber rich is not sustaninable anymore.

    1. Ivan Hernandez profile image92
      Ivan Hernandezposted 3 months agoin reply to this


      I couldn't agree more.

  10. blueheron profile image96
    blueheronposted 3 months ago

    Ryanpugs, I agree. All biological life is in its essence a reproductive cycle. This is the fundamental and central requirement for happiness and a sense of fulfillment for all living creatures. All of life's pleasures and joys spring this desire and its fulfillment. All other forms of creativity spring from this.

    People actually love to work--to identify a need or desire of their family or community and set about providing for it, and being justly compensated for this, not to mention appreciated, respected, and even, on occasion, loved.

    This is how the economies of earlier times worked in the US. Work was not something to be given or withheld by a faceless corporation. If your family needed a house, you built it. If your family needed food, you grew it--and sold your surplus production to your community. If your community needed furniture, a cannery, a restaurant, photography services, farrier services, feed and tack, a grocery, a hotel, a theater, a bar, etc., some enterprising person would open a business to meet the community's needs and desires.

    Prior to about 1913, the expectation was that adult men were self-employed in farming, trades, or businesses. Only young people went looking for "a job," and it was for the purpose of gaining the skills and capital needed for starting their own businesses.

    Today, anything like a natural economy has been subsumed by large corporations--who are able to out-compete the small businessman, tradesman, craftsman, and farmer ONLY because of government-conferred monopolies and subsidies. Now, both younger people and mature adults may engage in work only by going humbly with their hat in hand and begging some faceless corporate entity for "a job."

    This would be degrading enough in itself, but "the job" will likely involve providing their community with inferior products and services, will be narrow and compartmentalized (stocking shelves, ringing the register) and without opportunities for creativity, self-direction, or advancement. They are merely slaves--as surely as the field hand sent out by the overseer to cut the cane.

    At the upper end of the socio-economic scale, "work" consists of what James Kunstler has described as an aggregation of scams and rackets--which are not only unproductive, but parasitical and destructive.

    Such an economy doesn't offer success and fulfillment, especially when income derived from such "work" is inadequate to provide for a family.

    Some people seem to manage some degree of happiness in spite of all this--primarily through friendships and other social connections, and often by managing somehow or other to provide for their families. Others retreat into drugs, alcohol, video games, and casual sex or pornography.