FAILURE’S CUISINEMonday Utomwen
Life at times thrust towards us various opportunities and threats that should enable us achieve our varied dreams or set goals. Sometimes we stand at the edge of change or at the pinnacle of success, but reluctantly we refuse to take the next bold step due mostly to that force which tends to even grip the bravest of men, which is the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown. it was Theodore Roosevelt that stated it succintly and precintly that “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”.
WHAT IS FAILURE?
I learnt very early from my dad that failure is not when you fall at the face of circumstances and situations, but rather it is when you fall and refuse to get up. Fear is the father of failure, just as faith fosters success. A failure is one who has refused to step out from his comfort zone of littleness to the large somewhat uncertain land of greatness, a failure often forgets that in order to discover new lands you must loose sight of the shore. A failure is one who sees how things could not be done, they are even worse than a pessimist; jokingly I do understand that optimist made the plane while the pessimist made the parachute for fear that the plane would be faulty.
WHAT A CALAMITY!
It is not failure that kills a man, because I know many have succeeded by it, rather it is the fear of failing that is dangerous and calamitous. Collin Powell said it so beautiful that “there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Failure, Dr. Robert Schuller said is never final, just like success in never ending.
WHO SAID IT COULD NOT BE DONE?
We are often not mesmerised by the degree of our dreams and aspirations than by the inner tumult and terrorism that beguile our minds due to the signals that our immaginative receptors often receive from accomplished failures whose tales are colourful sad stories of impossibilites, they only see how things could not and should not be done, they are unpaid advisors that make many forsake the pursuit and quest for success and to give up hope to the pleats woven by loosers. Reading the thoughts of Napoleon Hill in pen he said pointedly “who said it could not be done? And tell me what great victories does he have to his credit which qualifies him to judge what can and can’t be done’. The quality of life of those you listen to will determine the level of success you may eventually attain.
THE REWARD CALLED FAILURE
Life never leaves us better or battered without teaching us some important lessons, some of us learn the morals of these lessons taught by failure while others wallow in the pain wreathed by it, in all, one person becomes blessed and the other becomes bitter and afraid to rise up and try again. Joseph Sugarman, I believe had a clinical theatric into the lives of these people when he said “Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.” Some people laugh at the face of failure, this produces in them the inner propensity to accomplish and surpass what their minds had conceived, as Napoleon Hill said “What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM DON’T JOIN
There is no better way to put a period to this memoir without reflecting on the mind of one of the world’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison, who said “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” So I say to you, if you must continue on this success trip make failure your skating board, assuredly if you can’t join the beat them, the failures, don’t join…better to stand alone than be in the companies of corrugated failures.
……this is Monday UK Gold saying, FAILURE is a SUCCESS catalyst and not a calamity