TED Conversations

Tabor Williams

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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
+5
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Oct 18 2012: Yes, but you still feel like crap.
    • thumb
      Oct 19 2012: Haha indeed when you fail by your own standards, it does feel like crap.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.