"There can be no freedom
without freedom to fail." Eric Hoffer
"The visceral experience of failure seems to have been edited out
of the career trajectories of gifted students. It stands to reason, then, that
those who end up making big decisions that affect all of us don't seem to have
much sense of their own fallibility, and of how badly things can go
wrong even with the best of intentions. No doubt
because those who sit on the swivel chairs tend to live remote from
the consequences of the decisions they
make." - Matthew B. Crawford
"Do not be discouraged by anything you would call a
failure. Discouragement is a trick of the ego that
seeks immediate results. It is the ego insisting on a
perfection that does not exist. Leave
perfection to God." - Vincent Cole
To be unsuccessful.
To judge unacceptable.
To cease functioning properly.
To fall short in what is
To become bankrupt or
To decline, as in strength or effectiveness.
prove insufficient in quantity or duration; give out.
prove undependable, to abandon or forsake.
To receive an academic grade
below the acceptable minimum.
To prove deficient or lacking; perform
ineffectively or inadequately.
To give way or be made otherwise useless as a result of excessive
"A man may take to
drink because he
feels himself to be a failure, and then fail
all the more completely because he drinks." - George Orwell
The ultimate taboo - failure!Any
fool can win, it's losing that's the challenge.
Moreover, there's a lot to be said for failure.
It is so much
more interesting than success.
Success goes to the head, but losing goes to the
After all, who among us has never
lost in a job, in a relationship, on the tennis
Losing is part of the price of
It is the human condition, all of us born to
early. Little League, science fairs,
Later there are pink slips, unrequited
love and, finally death.
Losing is a necessary part of
For every winner,
there is at least one, and usually many more, losers.
Losing is one of
life's constant companions, ever unwelcome, ever
The Rolling Stones had it right you can't always get what you
Nevertheless, losing is a taboo in American society.
The ultimate put down is "loser," and failure is the ultimate f-word.
Hundreds of books have been
written on how to win; there are
scarcely any on how to lose.
We forget that losers changed the
Columbus missed his
target by thousands of miles.
Thomas Edison had most of his inventing
triumphs before the age of 40,
and in his later years he rolled up an ever increasing number of
Mozart died impoverished and was
buried in the pauper's section of the cemetery.
Most of the first
edition of "Walden" was remaindered into Henry
David Thoreau's personal library.
Winston Churchill distracted
himself from defeat with painting, writing,
gardening and breeding
Winner worship is
Children returning from
games are asked whether they won or lost, when they should be asked whether
they had fun, or asked nothing at all.
Parents often play games with their
children and allow them to win, ill
preparing them for the 'game' of life.
that flunking a class is so detrimental to self-respect that they move children along to the
next grade and to bigger failures to come.
winner worship and loser loathing more evident than in
sports or in that other great arena: politics.
Few losers suffer more acutely than defeat candidates. Jimmy Carter was stunned by
his land-slide 1980 loss to
Ronald Reagan, and for about five
years he all but vanished from the national political scene. He took no part in
the 1984 presidential campaign - even
though his former vice president, Walter Mondale, was running against
We could pay a
terrible price for our loser-loathing.
We are a country founded by
humans who faced down death to start anew,
but we could be reduced to wimphood.
What better way to avoid losing
than to never enter the fray?
Americans still revere the image of the lone cowboy, riding off into the sunset in
search of his destiny.
But how many of us are timid couch potatoes, spectators at the game of
life, content to see the spotlight on the winning
team, to forget about the other side of every zero sum transaction?
Americans need to confront their losers and their
Some thing as universal as
failure deserves our attention.
It has its positive side.
one thing, you're among the super majority.
Winning isn't always worth its weight in blue ribbons, and losing can
be positive and enabling if it compels us to examine why we lost.
all, it is the way we learn and the way
Ecenbarger , Pulitzer Prize
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