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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.

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  • Oct 17 2012: It was not until I was free of school and had moved on to making myself a better me that I discovered the value in the portion of a failure that I actually got right. That portion, however small, is a stepping stone towards success. If we never define what we get wrong we never define what we get right. Socially and educationally we need to train our youth to accept and assess both as valuable input. Imagine what we could achieve if no effort was dismissed as wasted!
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      Oct 18 2012: I agree, both are important to being successful, and failure should be something looked at positively because we are learning what not to do. I like the imagining what we could achieve if no effort was dismissed as wasted.

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