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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 21 2012: It's late and I have not had time to read all the responses, so forgive me if someone has already point this out.
    Trying is the first SUCCESSFUL step in accomplishing anything. A friend of my closed his small coffee shop after three years. He confided in me that he felt "like a failure". I reminded him that he succeeded for 3 years. The nano attention spans of our society measure failure on unrealistic time frames and expectations.
    Which brings me full circle to my most important point on this subject. Your success or failure should be in your own eyes not other people's and success or failure is relative.
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      Oct 21 2012: Pretty sure some of the best thoughts come late at night! I agree that success and failure should be a gauged through each individuals eyes., I'm just also advocating a less judging community/society.

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