By Tim Pedrosa
Failure does not mean defeat. It is a part of our life
that at times we
fail.We are defeated only when we don't bounce back, but instead allow
failure to turn what could be a successful undertaking into a wasted one.
There's a big difference between saying "I fail" and "I'm a failure".
There's no disgrace in saying that we fail. It is a fact of life but we
should never say that we are a failure unless we have decided to give
Those who have made great discovery, won a victory, or have some
breakthrough, had experienced some failures, but refusing to let those
failures defeat them. The most of the important things in the world have
been achieved by people who had kept on trying when there seemed to be
no hope at all.
Should we run into some obstacles along the way, we may change our
direction, but not our goal or destination. We may have a fresh start,
for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the
staying down that makes us defeated.
It is in failing that appreciate victory more and we win many of life's
rewards by learning how to hang in there and work till the very end. We
learn from the experience and we become stronger and wiser.
Failing is often God’s way of helping us to zero in on His utmost and
best plan for us. As our own programs crumble down, He’s right
there with a new blueprint of better strategy. It is then when He is
preparing us to achieve our goal. We can fail many times in different
things and we will, but we are not a failure as long as we keep getting
up and trying again. No one is a failure who can truly say, "I have done
my very best."
Our chances of success in any undertaking can be measured by our belief
in ourselves. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult
undertaking and/or when we encounter difficulties, would more than anything
else determine its outcome.
It is not intelligence alone that brings success, but also the drive to
succeed, the commitment to work hard, and the courage to believe in
ourselves. Our dreams must come from our heart's deepest desires. Only
then will the barriers come down before us. To know our heart, we must
know ourselves. We are whom we decide ourselves to be, not whom others decide us to be.
To succeed in any undertaking, I believe that we should know what we want,
find out what it takes to get it, act on it and persevere until we get
The sense of achievement and joy after overcoming the barriers for
reaching our goal are the most treasured and fulfilling ones to those
who keep on trying hard. Let us never bow down to obstacles, let us
conquer them and enjoy the fruit of our hard work. When we look back
later in life, we will realize that when we were down and seemed
helpless, it was then when God was preparing us for success.
is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation,
perspiration and inspiration. -Evan Esar