Real success

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So here is a provocative maxim to make you think a little:

Real success that lasts is built upon a path of many failures.

True or false?


Sounds about right for me. Nobody is perfect (except for Him, I guess)

I'd have to answer "True" as well, Kiffin, although I feel sometimes I've had many more failures than successes. Maybe I'm just stocking them up for the "big one" ;)

True, true, true ... oh, so very true ... I just had a discussion last week with the board of directors of a private business school out here, and one of the things that I mentioned was that grading curriculum sometimes make people afraid to fail and that it is unfortunate since everybody agreed that the best way to learn and create a rock-solid future was to encounter your own failures. But there is one caveat - failure doesn't solve it all - it is also a matter of how you pick yourself back up afterwards!

I think that the problem nowadays is that everyone is so brainwashed that they need to be the very best that even when they fail there is denial. Like when you ask how it is going and everyone always responds with fantastic or wonderful even though it may not be going that great at the moment.

I think I've learned the hard way that this is a truthism if there ever was one. I've failed in things so many times but my best success have come when I turned right back around and tried again.


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