On failure

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People make monuments out of their mistakes by saying things like, 'I tried it, and it didn't work. They said it couldn't be done, and they were right.' Mark Twain said that if a cat sits on a hot stove, the cat will never sit on a hot stove again. The problem is, the cat will never sit on a cold stove, either. The cat just won't sit on stoves, because every time he sees a stove, he sees a burning failure. Abraham Lincoln wisely stated, 'my great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.'
By John C Maxwell

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A few points to note:

* People celebrate failure. Most unabashedly proclaim their inabilities, perhaps to seek comfort in others' pity or to draw attention to themselves or simply, just to whine too while others were whining.

* Failing is akin to fulfilling self-prophecies. If you think you'd fail, the likelihood of you failing is drastically enhanced.

* Every failure is a seed for greater fears. Like the cat, we may be afraid to try, because repeated failures may be too devastating to cope with.

* It doesn't matter if we fail or succeed, what matters is what we learn from those success and failures.

Are you building a monument to worship your failures?
Source credit: Ohio State University


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