On Success and Failure
October 14, 2008 10:14am CST
At certain points in life we experience success or failure. In fact, they come from time to time, it's not all success or not all failure that we experience. I'm back after a long tiring semester of school! Yey! Sem-break's here and I have time to spare. During my previous experiences I've tasted the sweetness of success and the bitterness of failure. So I'm here to share a bit of my thoughts about these two things. Success is not all about winning or getting what we want. It is about passion, fulfilling your heart's wishes in the best way you can. It is about gaining significant people and believing in one's self. It's also about keeping our heads low and contentment. It draws out the best what we are. Failure is not all about losing or being broken. It is about acceptance and about learning. When we accept defeat we become stronger and learn to overcome obstacles. It is about composure, about how we deal with the pain and the things we lose. Sometimes we have to look a little deeper into the meaning of these words... I've seen people who speak as if they've achieved or experience the best or worst. We may fail now but succeed tomorrow, succeed today but fail in the future. We should be ready for anything and appreciate what we have or had. How about you? What's your definition of success and failure?
• United States
15 Oct 08
Hi Selece, It's great to have you back! I hope that you are well and had a good semester and will enjoy your time off. I'm sure that you did the best you could and I'm not understanding this success and failure talk! I know that my dear friend could not possibly have experienced failure at such a young age! Not one so wise as you! So what is this about? Where is this coming from? Do I detect a note of the negative coming from my friend who has been working too hard at his school work? Is that what this is about? You are far to young and have far too much life ahead of you to even be considering the thought of failure at anything! This is not my wise and knowledgeable friend Selece! I have missed you and your most intelligent and thoughtful discussions quite alot, as I am sure so many of us have. So enough of this talk! Let's here about your accomplishments! I can tell you about failure! And believe me you do not want to hear it! What I can tell you is to stay where you are and keep on doing what you are doing in school and don't let things get to you. Don't make the mistakes that I and others have made and not be able to fix them and end up not being able to go back and fixing them because way too much time has passed and you are now way too old and time has passed you by! Take a page from my book young man! Stay on the right path as you are now! Stay proud and strong!
15 Oct 08
Hello my friend! I have missed yo as well, dear Opal. And the things you said touched me. I'm glad you see me that way. But yes, I have experienced failure although I have worked so hard lately. They may be simple or not that significant for now but they have taught me so much (although I'm afraid of experiencing failure in a deeper sense of it but I will be ready hopefully in the future in case I have to deal with it). So let's see... I spoke of failure since we joined a few competitions in school recently. We gave everything we had but we lose. Although it was a good experience, it was a bit hard to accept since we were the over-all champions last year. But we didn't see how things were coming and the other teams were really good. Me and my colleagues got closer though, and that was what really mattered to all of us. I'm sorry if it sounded like I had a major failure or so, but I really just wanted to say how it felt and my insight on these two things because I have seen people who can't accept defeat or people who brag about their achievements. As for my achievements for the past semester, our first release of our schoolpaper had good feedbacks, we succeeded in giving it a new look. And as the editor-in-chief, it was a good feeling. We worked hard for it. We are having problems with our 2nd issue now but I hope we can get through. I was also an event organizer recently for our college days, it was tough but we managed to pull through. It's so hard to organize one, I had to sacrifice so much of my time, even missing important events with my friends. And one more, our band performance for our acquaintance party was also a huge success, there were slight errors but everyone appreciated our songs. It was a really good feeling, to be able to sing on stage and play our music. It was my first time to be a part of a band. Hehe. So there... I've shared quite a lot of things here... Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts and your advice. I hope I could really stay on the right path! Hehe! I'll do my best to live my life to the fullest.
• United States
14 Oct 08
i know i have achied alot of things in my life but i also have failed at alot of things to. i think they both are in the eyes of the beholder. what would seem a sucess to some other people wouldlaugh at. i thik u know in your heart what you have done good & what u have done bad.
14 Oct 08
I agree so much with what you say about success and failure. People who achieve the most are often the same people who have experienced many setbacks and losses, but they used those experiences as part of the learning process. They do not see it as failure, they view it as a new challenge to be met. I think doing something with passion and enthusiasm will always end in good results, and dealing with disappointment is part of the pathway to success.
15 Oct 08
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