Trying to Succeed!

Bird Droppings August 16, 2010
Trying to succeed!

“Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience.” Michael Eisner

I wonder when a multibillionaire makes a statement like that how much meaning is in it. However as I read over the statement there is exceedingly a great amount of truth to it. It is not the succeeding that teaches it is the failures where we learn how to succeed in life. This is almost a paradox yet as we go about doing whatever it is we are doing we keeping going till we succeed. When we fail we simply try another way and or correct the failure. It is difficult to instill this in teenagers who feel they must either immediately succeed without effort or they just quit.

“When a man has done his best, has given his all, and in the process supplied the needs of his family and his society, that man has made a habit of succeeding.” Mack R. Douglas

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” Julie Andrews

Success is linked to failure; it requires failure to show that you have succeeded. This seems to be the prevalent thought. I do think it also requires us to be seeking success. This could be having a goal an object in mind and striving for that goal.

“One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” Benjamin Disraeli

What is deemed as success is also important for each of us that in its self could be significantly different. I have a student who if you would ask what is success he would answer always with “money”. For him money is everything, you buy happiness and success. If you have money you are successful. Perhaps in his family he has been told this or lived this way all his life that money is the most important thing in life.

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

As I read and find further quotes it seems great thinkers have equated success with finally achieving whatever goal it was they were attempting and always they define and address success with failure. But Sir Winston Churchill adds enthusiasm. “without a loss of enthusiasm”. Success is not just achieving but continuing and not stopping.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

I so often wonder what great thinkers think at times. I have always liked this statement from Einstein which seems to be in contrast to so many others, yet it may only be a use of the word. It is about not stopping. It is about failure but getting up and trying again. It is not just money or about money. You must be ready for it and far more greater than just succeeding in life is leading a life of value. As I look back on our recent holiday when we celebrate and honor our veterans, and our current armed forces.
So often in war it is about winning, success is defeating the foe. I tend to think as I look at Einstein’s words; it really is not success to simply win. Success is about our values about who we are. So perhaps we should rethink what it is we do as we do battle. Is there an alternative, a different way to succeed without war without armies and strife? Maybe one day we can honor our veterans and sing songs about their service to our country and to us and not have to be thinking about those in harms way. For through value we have succeeded in ending war as a means of solving human issues. Maybe one day we will be always looking back at history as we celebrate and not be concerned about the now. Perhaps our failures will show us the way. But for today a first day of a new school year and if you will please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your hearts.

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