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Tabor Williams

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Failure should be respected for those trying to accomplish something

Failure tends to lead to some of the greatest discoveries and advancements. Failure now tends to be fail blogs, epic fail, etc. And yet some of the best advancements came from repeated failure. Thomas Edison tried for years before finally perfecting the lightbulb.

When did failure become this huge shameful thing that we want to hide? Even great people like Abraham Lincoln couldn't run a supply store, and yet he became the President of the United States. People don't like to fail because everyone wants to succeed on their first try, but that is seldom the case. Failing teaches us resiliency, and gives us strength.

Topics: philosophy

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  • Oct 17 2012: Despite the "stigma" attached to sharing personal and professional failures I think people should more openly share them. Sure there are socially acceptable limits to how much we should do this but helping others avoid the pitfalls is rewarding, often educational for all concerned and tends to define and strengthen the purpose and outcome of an endeavour. Sharing failure also seems to get easier with time and I've noticed even those who might laugh or show distain seem to avoid making the same mistakes I did.
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      Oct 17 2012: If we don't pay attention, history is doomed to repeat itself. As part of that if we don't share with others in ways that we came up short in certain areas, or friends, families, or communities could be impacted by that. Not that we should shout our failures from rooftops, but I believe that failure shouldn't be something you should be ashamed of, it's something that we can learn from individually, and something that others can learn from.
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        Oct 22 2012: do you konw the chinese history

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