All failure is a temporary stepping stone to success at best. The most genuine successes have the bigger seeming failures that are the most temporary stepping stones to genuine permanent successes. Take a good inventor for example: A good or great inventor is mostly a failure, but one success or two, and they are in “The Legends Club”, so to speak. What do I mean? Okay, Thomas Edison was said to have failed many times at inventing the light bulb before he found what worked, right. That is the simple version of what people with great ideas go through before they make it to success. Usually, failures are even bigger and time investments are more pronounced when working toward genuine success.
At worst, when quitting happens, someone else takes up the mantle from that quitting and makes a success of themselves. So, I can honestly say that the person who quits or lets the loss be “the end of them” does not want to achieve the goal they are after genuinely enough. Because, ultimately, what can be conceived rationally and worked on persistently, can be genuinely achieved. The greater the goal, the more this sort of time investment is needed and wanted to achieve it. It may not be easy, but when success happens, it is satisfying as Michelangelo having been rumored to say about the Sistine Chapel painting and art: “If they knew the hard work that went into easy looking genius, they would not consider it so easy or worthy of awe.” I get it. “The Legends Club” of those who have succeeded and “arrived” genuinely is filled with this type of thing where success comes after diligent, realistic and hard yet smart work.
The only meaningful loss there is really is the loss that teaches a lesson and helps you succeed later. All other quitting, losses and lapses are worth nothing but “drama queen” type feeling sorry for yourself and weakness.
When you join the “legends” and “geniuses”, you will find the first sentence in that last paragraph completely real, honest and true. The only meaningful loss there really is teaches a lesson that helps you succeed later. Indeed, at the end of this article, I can honestly say that the only meaningful win in life is earned. Everything else is “the luck of the draw” purely. So, if I captured reality in a bottle let me know.
My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.
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