This question was brought to my attention by a great person who has inspired me, this blog, and my life...In another life I would like to be exactly like her!
She used this question for her own intentions and motivations, but for some reason when I look at this particular question I cannot accept it.
I think of all the missed opportunities, second chances, and new beginnings . See for me failure has been one of the best learning tools I have ever had the misfortune of knowing.
I like to believe failure is a key to life's understandings, Some great people have failed, not once, not twice, but numerous times.
Had it not been for failure we would not have :
- Michael Jordan - The most famous name in basketball was actually cut from his high school basketball team. "I’ve failed over and over again… that is why I succeeded.”
- Steven Spielberg - This household name dropped out of high school and applied to attend film school three times but was unsuccessful due to his C grade average."Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive."
- Walt Disney - He was fired by the editor of a newspaper for lacking in ideas.“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
- J.K. Rowling – Did you know that this author of the Harry Potter phenomenon (which has sold more than 400 million copies), was rejected by twelve publishers? In her own words: “So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable.”
I live in a world now where failure is not something bad. It's just another tool to help make better decisions in the future.
So I like to re-think this question now, it goes something like this:
What will you do when you fail?
because it is how you answer this question that will truly be of worth.
[quotes used from]: amusing quotes, presentoutlook