Fail and Succeed

Orders of Cpl Campbell to his section, WW I.

The current health crisis across the globe has given each one of us ample time for self analysis and helped in self awareness. I, personally, got loads of time for self-development; pursued a number of online courses through MOOCs, read amazing number of books and currently pursuing learning a foreign language 😉 I believe, it is up to each one of us to g . R . O. WWW … grow to our true potential.

Marianne Williamson oft repeated quote “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world … We are all meant to shine.

During these times of introspection, I realized the one thing that always helped me grow were my failures. “Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” – Henry Ford. Each time our patrol had an encounter and we returned from a fire fight with casualties, it taught us what not to do the next time. Each and every engagement is a lesson for the next time; as the next time there may not be another chance. After the IRA murdered five people in the Brighton bombing, the organization expressed regret that it did not kill the PM, “Today we were unlucky, but remember we have to be lucky only once, you have to be lucky always.”

How do you fail and have the strength to keep continuing? Well, persistence and sheer repetition certainly and the desire to want the result badly. “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill. Becoming proficient at any skill requires time, effort and discipline besides the willingness to persevere through whatever it takes attitude.

“The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one.” – Elbert Hubbard. Well, think of the best basketball player of all time. Michael Jordan? He has a career shooting percentage of 50 percent. In other words, half of the shots he took in his career were “failures.” If you think of it, success, to a large extent, is a matter of persistence. Keep trying, keep developing yourself and implement the learnings , you’re going to succeed.

Fact is, there is no such thing as failure. There are only results; some more successful than others. In effect, there’s success and then there’s learning. Failure doesn’t mean that you’ve reached the end of the line and that success isn’t possible. The only time success is impossible is when you quit. Quitting is final. Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

In my professional life, each time I encountered ‘failure’, it was an opportunity for another success to happen. And I truly believe, when one door closes, four windows open. These trying times. Quite a few amongst us have suffered personal loss & grief. Do we have any other option besides grieving? This one decision will decide your future. Answer this one question, “Will I come out stronger or will I come out weaker?” And this response will drive you forward to your glory and success.

Be safe . Stay safe .


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