“Failure is just another way to learn
how to do something right.”
Marian Wright Edelman
I think all successful people would agree with this quote. Edison didn’t get the light bulb to work on the first try and Bell had to try many times before he could talk to someone on a phone. I am very thankful that they were not defeated by failure. I don’t understand how their inventions work but I am very happy they persevered. Life would be very different and probably very difficult if successful people saw failure as final.
It isn’t easy to admit there has been a failure especially when the same failure occurs over and over. It is easy to give up and say, “I can’t”. But that is the real failure. Sure, sometimes I have given up and felt sorry for myself, felt stupid, and gone to bed in tears. But the morning always comes, the tears are gone, I remember that I am not stupid and feeling sorry for myself is a waste of time. So, I get up determined to try again and again and again and again until I have figured out what needs to be done, how to do it, and get it done. There are also mornings when I realize that what I want isn’t the best for me (or anyone else) and it’s time to do something different. I don’t think that is failing. I believe it is another aspect of learning and part of life.
Though I haven’t done anything great for humanity, I have learned a lot from my failures and on occasion have been able to help others with my lessons. That in itself is worth the effort to succeed.
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
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