Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Does Failure Define You?




Failure does not mean I’m a failure;
It does mean I have not yet succeeded.

Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing;
It does mean I have learned something.

Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.

Failure does not mean I have disgraced;
It does mean I have dared to try.

Failure does not mean I don’t have it;
It does mean I have something to do in a different way.

Failure does not mean I am inferior;
It does mean I am not perfect.

Failure does not mean I have wasted my life;
It does mean that I have an excuse to start over.

Failure does not mean that I should give up;
It does mean that I should try harder.

Failure does not mean that I will never make it;
It does mean that I need more practice.

Failure does not mean that You have abandoned me;
It does mean that You must have a better idea.

-Unknown
 
Failure is all in how we choose to look at it.  We can look at roadblocks to our writing journeys as failures, or we can choose to look at them differently. It's up to us.
I choose to see the lesson and NOT the failure.


Which do you choose?


25 comments:

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, that should be posted in every classroom in the country! I need to read it to my five year old, who gets down on himself for the littlest things!

sarahmullengilbert said...

Thank you so much for this, Shannon.

Robyn Campbell said...

Great post, Shannon. Definitely the lesson. I think I'll print this out and put it near my desk. Okey dokey, bff? :-)

Kelly said...

Excellent post. Who hasn't failed before succeeding? Even babies fall 100+ times before walking. They don't give up! And neither should anyone else!

Heather said...

"Choose to see the lesson," I love that! Beautifully said. Every failure if handled that way is not a failure at all but a step in the right direction, toward success. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sylvia Ney said...

WOW - powerful! I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

Candice said...

My husband likes to say that failures are always in the past. It is impossible to fail forward.

Jennie Englund said...

Wise, wise, wise! Especially that first stanza! And I love what Candice says!

Carol Riggs said...

Great reminder about so-called "failure." Good stuff. :)

Missie said...

Oh, that is just beautiful. Failure is a great lesson. I hope to always be a dedicated student of it. ;)

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I love this, Shannon. It's so easy to forget what it really means to be successful. Not giving up.

Sara B. Larson said...

Wow, that was really powerful. Thank you for sharing that. Because in this business, failure is a part of the game. We all have to fail our way to success. ;)

Catherine Denton said...

This is freeing! Thank you. I choose to see the lesson.
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Stina Lindenblatt said...

I choose to see the lesson, too.

It always amazes me when Olympians get silver or bronze medals and think they've failed. Yo, I'd be thrilled to have it if you don't want it. And so would the athletes who didn't make it that far. ;)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great post. I choose like you. It's so easy to forget this during the query/submission process.

Leslie Rose said...

Loved this. I'm going to share it with my students. To me failure is just a step on the road to my goal.

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, I'm totally with you on this one, though it took me a few years to figure it out, and I sometimes still have to remind myself. I'm getting better every year, though, with each attempt more. Looking at things "big picture" is the key!

Lynn said...

I love the last line. Failure strenghtens my hope muscle.

Jolene said...

I'm with @Corey - let's get this in classrooms! (How cool to grow up knowing that failure is part of something amazing :))

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow! What an awesome poem!!! It reminds us that every so called failure is just an opportunity to learn. If we have that attitude, we will eventually reach our goals.

Thanks for posting this, Shannon.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I really like that. It's all about learning. :-)

Susanne Drazic said...

Wonderful post! I choose not to look at things as failures. Just many different ways of not doing something in the future.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I always figure one rejection is a step closer to finding the right house for my work. :)

Ishta Mercurio said...

Great post - another one for the bulletin board. I wish I could make my son understand this.

Sarvs said...

Ya great.. Hoping i would get better.. :) this post would develop my confidence in facing things..

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