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Saturday, September 3, 2011

What is failure?

    Is it the habitual activity of human minds to continuously believe that they have lost? Or is it the voice in your subconscious mind convincing you that the journey you left for has been in vain? Too often the human mind starts believing that it is constricted behind walls and imprisoned with no way out. Too often it forgets that these walls are but an illusion provided by the society, to test you to your limits, to see whether you have strength enough to break them down merely by will power. Too often it loses hope and becomes delusional about the limits of its perseverance, determination, bliss and ignorance. Too often it becomes attuned to hearing others’ voices over their own heart’s unique melodies.

Food for thought:
·         Failure is an event, never a person.  ~William D. Brown, Welcome Stress!
·         There is no failure except in no longer trying.  ~Elbert Hubbard
·         I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  ~Thomas Edison
·         Supposing you have tried and failed again and again.  You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.  ~Mary Pickford

·         A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.  ~Elmer G. Letterman

·         Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I am a failure."  ~S.I. Hayakawa

·         Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.  ~Henry Ford

·         Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it.  We learn only from failure.  ~Kenneth Boudling

So why, then, does the human mind always find some way to link everything to failure? I find it a strange abnormality that even the strongest of humans become victims of so called ‘failures’ and lose the will to go on again; to stand up again and continue trying until they succeed. After all, isn’t this little journey of setbacks and hitting the road again, called life?

Life. A four letter word with the most comprehensive meanings and explanations. However, my motto about life is but one: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing, so why not live it to the fullest and make it to the point where we can look back with pride on the obstacles we crossed and the journeys we completed, that eventually molded us into successful beings, fearless of the word ‘failure’.


  1. Truly logical! Made me want to rethink everything [yeah I feel like a bit of a failure these days] & change how I look at things.
    It's not bursting with optimism but instead with realism so I love it !

  2. Hahaha Mashal, that was a lovely article on failure. I find it to be very encouraging for those who are apt to such thoughts. :D Thank you for the link, how have you been?
    Before I begin inquiring about your health, mentality and all of those other conventional questions asked by society, let me properly comment on this.
    Leaving aside the fact that there have been a hundred such thoughts on life and failure, (sorry just couldn't help saying that, blame my inner critic) I think its a great thing you have managed to figure all of this out on your own. For we walk in the steps of great people, then deviate and achieve something they haven't. I can safely say all great people have reached similar conclusions to yours, so yes, my dear friend- you are on the path to happiness. Which one can only achieve when we accept all facts and dream of the impossible with the intent to transform it into reality. :D
    Can't wait to talk to you again,
    Maryum Khalid

  3. I agree with MKJ in that many have made similar sentiments, but I think it's something any evolved human being should come to realize, and the fact that you are starting to realize it already at your age means that you're well on your way to finding the person you want to be.

    I would also add (and I'm certainly not the first to say this either) that "failures" are very often simply detours taking us where we would've never guessed we would be going, and very often it's the direction we actually NEEDED to be going to get where we want to be.

    Paul D. Dail
    www.pauldail.com- A horror writer's not necessarily horrific blog