Is failure an Option? 

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Don Barzini Profile
Don Barzini answered

Failure is the path of least persistence; it is the final option chosen by quitters. 

For the rest of us, failure is but a stepping stone on the path to success. Our greatest accomplishments are littered with missteps, wrong turns and disappointments, no one who takes risks is immune. 

One does not build strong character on the back of their successes, but on rising up again from failures. 

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

FAIL

F--first

A---attempt

I---in

L---learning 

(Internet)

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I haven't failed.  I just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  (Edison)

Zack -  Mr. GenXer Profile

I've been singing the ole failure song for years now.

Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Failure is not an option, it's a choice.

You can choose to wallow in failure, and have that moment define you forever. Or you can choose to look at a “failure” as a temporary—and often necessary—setback as you continue your great journey. It’s up to you. It’s in your hands. No-one else has the responsibility. Only you. There can be many reasons for failure. Sometimes they’re of your own making; sometimes unforeseen circumstances conspire to create chaos and confusion. It’s just the universe at work and a challenge for you to show courage and overcome it.

Tris Fray Potter Profile

It depends, in the short term, it's a good thing to fail sometimes, but in the long term, not so much.  I have big aspirations, and that's probably my downfall.  I don't know what I'd do if I fail in reaching them.  It would be a waste of 9 or so years of university, in money and time.  So I'm happy to fail on small things like a practise test (not that I have) or something, but not getting into the job I want.

KB Baldwin Profile
KB Baldwin answered

Depends on how you look at the failure.  Edison, when queried by a reporter about the seemingly incredible difficulties associate with his work on the lightbulb rebutted, “I have not failed 700 times. I’ve succeeded in proving 700 ways how not to build a lightbulb.”

Bikergirl Anonymous Profile

Failure is only a stepping stone to success.  Sometimes people give up way too soon and never reach their ultimate goal.

Failure is a tool ..  Is part of the learning process  .. And can actually up lift you to a better head start for the next leg of the journey.

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

Failure is always an option. It is what you take from that failure that counts. You should learn from that failure. You now know one possibility that won't work. You pick it apart and figure out why it didn't work. Make your correction(s) and try again.

Life is full of failure. You didn't just get up one day and start walking as in infant. You fell. You fell a lot. But you kept trying.

You didn't all of a sudden one day start to use a spoon. You dropped food. You wore food. You made a huge mess. You didn't stop trying. You eventually learned how to keep the food on the spoon and get the spoon in your mouth.

I know you are thinking, "But that was when I was a baby." Yes it was. It was before you were told by someone that failing at something, especially when it is new to you, is bad. It is not. It is when you learn the most. 

Amy Taylor Profile
Amy Taylor , failure, answered

When you’ve had a setback it’s very easy to start thinking that you will always keep failing in this area of your life. It’s easy to start thinking that YOU are indeed a failure.

Don’t fall for such a destructive and sometimes seductive self-fulfilling prophecy.

Instead, remind yourself that:The truth is that this won’t last for the rest of your life if you keep moving forward, if you take action and you keep learning and it doesn’t label you as some kind of failure (except if you decide to create that label in your own head).

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