Success and failure

Something inspirational:

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It’s the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads to either fortune or failure.”


14 May, 2013

8 thoughts on “Success and failure

  1. I agree with this. If we keep on repeating the same mistakes every day we won’t succeed.

    It’s like someone trying to lose weight; they goof up one day and decide tomorrow is another day to start, but they keep goofing on a daily basis, which means they will not succeed in losing the weight.

    It takes about 21 days to learn a habit and if we start with the good habit and do it for 21 days we will continue and succeed but it doesn’t take long to learn the bad habits.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I agree with you. It can take what seems like seconds to get into bad habits than it does to unlearn something and relearn something new to replace the bad habit!

  2. Failure or fortune covers such a broad range of things. I take issue with Jim Rohn’s assertion that failure is even a possibility. Who is the judge that determines failure or fortune?

    Did I fail to make the grade or get the job, or was I fortunate not to? Did the disciplined boxer lose the fight or was he successful by gaining experience from the fight.

    Is success the ability to fail without characterizing it as such.

    1. Thanks Tim… you’ve thrown a spanner in the works!

      My opinion would be that if we go for a job we’ve been angling for and fail to secure the job, then yes I believe to some degree failing to secure the job means we have failed, if someone else secures the job instead. If we’re not keen on the job but we go for it anyway, then we won’t see ourselves as having failed, all we’ll do is see the interview as an experience to help us secure the next job.

      I think we’re all different and will perceive failure and success differently. When I personally fail at something I don’t see it as failure. I see it as an experience, perhaps a lesson to be learned, but never failure.

      Jim Rohn’s quote isn’t looking for an alternative thought process. It’s a black and white scenario.

  3. Thank you Ilana. People do see failure and success differently. Although Jim Rohn’s quotation is a black and white scenario, it’s a discussion worthy of alternative thought.

    My favorite quotation is; ‘I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’

    1. You’re welcome. I also like the quote you’ve mentioned.

      I agree with you Tim, Jim Rohn’s quote is a discussion worthy of alternative thought. I have always believed there are alternative thought processes on everything we deal with.

      Sometimes we have to look beyond what we think we see. Not all scenarios are black and white.

  4. Failure has been such a part of my life that I haven’t really known what to do with any success in my life!

    I’ve always felt so disconnected from the real world that I didn’t know how to really be a part of it in any normal sense.

    Many parts of my life I don’t share with anyone which makes it very hard to connect on any deep level beyond what I’m comfortable with. I know I have to work on changing this so I can get into the present to try to at least accomplish something useful with what time I have left!

    1. Of course we all see things differently Randy, but not all that we think we’ve failed at are failures Randy!

      I believe they are often our lessons so that we can change things that have not perhaps worked out in the way we would have hoped.

      I hope you manage to sort things out soon.

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