Two Observations about Failure

I want to state two simple observations about failure!

Observation # 1 – The opposite of success is not failure. It is quitting.

A boxer does not lose a fight because his opponent knocks him down. A boxer loses the fight because he does not get up anymore.

Legend says, it took Einstein over a 1,000 attempts before he discovered electricity. Had he quit after 999 attempts, we might not have discovered electricity yet.

I might be wrong about this, but your parents can verify this story. You fell hundreds of times before you learned how to walk properly. Aren’t you glad you didn’t know the meaning of failure and you never gave up?

I’m not going to beat this point to death, but the opposite of success is not failure. It’s quitting.

Observation # 2 – Failure is not the stepping stone to success if you fail to learn from it.

Self-help books love to tout the phrase, “Failure is the stepping stone to success.” What most fail to say is failure is just failure if you do not learn anything from it.

Like I said, just two simple observations.

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