The blinds are wrecked, the windows will need cleaning and there will be pillow cases to wash…but the dog (I’m thinking a young boxer) did get the fly. Success?
Sure. He accomplished his goal.
But I’m pretty sure his human won’t be pleased. Boxer pup may even be punished. Still a success? I think so.
So now you’re a new writer and you publish a book. No one buys it except your mother. Can the author claim success? Sure. You set a goal to write a book, and you did. If your goal was to write a bestseller, than no, you didn’t succeed. Keep trying.
Where am I going with this? Not sure. This is what happens when I ramble, but I’m thinking I’m trying to make some point. Like, maybe, set achievable goals. Take small steps. Don’t jump in over your head and then be upset when you drown.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. Bill Gates
There was a lot of publicity about Mr. Stephen Glass when, as an ambitious young reporter with a very promising future, it was determined Mr. Glass was making up news and attempting to pass it off as true. Newspaper reporters are not supposed to make things up; they are supposed to report facts. So, he was fired and publicly denounced. Trounced, as a matter of fact. His fellow reporters showed no mercy.
He decided to go to law school. Go figure. But, even with a law degree, no one would hire him. He had shamed himself and his profession. It didn’t matter how many times he apologized or how many times he hung his head and admitted he was wrong. Now, Mr. Glass had no one to blame but himself. He knew what he was doing when he compromised the ethics of his profession. He had taken his brilliant future and turned it into no future at all.
Then, his resume ended up on Mr. Paul Zuckerman’s desk. And Mr. Zuckerman, an American lawyer, hired Mr. Glass because: “I’ve always found brilliance untempered by failure is purely arrogance but brilliance that has overcome failure can be truly useful to your fellow man”
In other words, if you can reach the height of success, what you consider success, then be knocked down to lower than where you were to begin with, and then, instead of wallowing in self-pity, you summon the courage to work your way back up to the top…you will be a better person because of it. Gives me hope for Tiger Woods.
I admire Mr. Zuckerman. I also admire these guys;
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley Any writer with rejection slips can identify with this quote.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. Bill Cosby Because you can’t. Just can’t.
And finally, my favourite;
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
Failure is not fatal. I like that.