What Is Failure?

by Eradatmand

Failure means inability of achievement in spite of the right opportunities. But, lack of achievement by itself cannot necessarily construe as failure.

We know that every person is responsible for his own actions. That is why timely actions, deliberation and readiness to embrace coincidental circumstances can make or break anyone. It is safe to say that lack of enthusiasm to get the best out of any situation is a recipe for failure. The idea of free will, although challenged by some, finds its merit here. We are free to choose within certain limitations out of our control. And what we do defines us.

The movie called “The Ground-Hog Day” is a brilliant reflection of this philosophy.

I recommend it to those who keep wondering why things are not better in their lives, or why they are still unhappy.

Expecting a different level of satisfaction and fulfillment in life is natural. But, pursuit of happiness should be positively planed or the outcome may be a failure. Pure chance can play a big role. Circumstances vary and the result of our action or lack of it is relatively reflected as success or failure. Those who willingly take chances and strive to bring change to the status qua may sometimes fail. But their essence of character and moral is polished.

Fear of failure has caused many to stay a failure all their lives. There is no glory for those who just wait in despair. The sheer value within our attempts and endeavor must not be neglected. Life is a journey and those of us who do our best to make something positive out of it get the satisfaction as the reward. Failure and triumph sometimes do not mean much when contentment is abundant.


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by bajenaghe naghi on

what you write is very true. i think life is an unbroken series of chances. that is from the day we are conseved to the day we die. every second we live we are taking a chance. taking a good risk may make the subsequent risks easier to succeed. i also think, as you say in your blog, failure may occur when someone becomes too selective or refuses to take a particular chance because he is to scared or to conservative. 



by Live From Tehran (not verified) on

What is your definition of success and happiness?
It is in spending oneself that one becomes successful..The people who fail to meet the strain of life are often those who have never learned to cherish what i call - THE LITTLE HAPPINESS when it comes along..Success is how you collect your minutes. You spend millions of minutes to reach one triumph,one moment,then you spend maybe a thousand minutes enjoying it. if you were unhappy through those million of minutes, what good are thousands of minutes of triumph? it doesn't equate.
Life is made of small pleasures. Good eye contact over the CHELLOKABOB with your wife. A moment of kissing your children. happiness is made of those tiny successes.



by elham (not verified) on

excellent topic, practical, informative and to the point.


Failure is not learning from

by Anonymousax (not verified) on

Failure is not learning from our mistakes.

Failures are stepping stone to success.

Success is not what you have (material possessions, status, etc.); Sucess is what you have overcome (greed, envy, greed, anger, arrogance, selfishness, overindulgence, conceit, fear, hopelessness, etc...).

Unsuccessful people avoid obstacles at all costs. Successful people have trained themselves to embrace and tackle obstacles.

What is your definition of success?

programmer craig

That's a great post :)

by programmer craig on

That's a great post :)