"There can be no freedom without freedom to
"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
Fail is defined
To be unsuccessful.
To judge unacceptable.
cease functioning properly.
To fall short in what is expected.
become bankrupt or insolvent.
To decline, as in strength or
To prove insufficient in quantity or duration; give out.
To disappoint, prove undependable, to abandon or forsake.
receive an academic grade below the acceptable minimum.
deficient or lacking; perform ineffectively or
way or be made otherwise useless as a result of excessive strain.
"A man may take to
drink because he feels himself to be a
failure, and then fail all the more completely because he
The ultimate taboo - failure!Any
fool can win, it's losing that's the
Moreover, there's a lot to be said for failure.
is so much more interesting than success. Success goes to the head, but losing
goes to the heart.
After all, who
among us has never lost in a job, in a relationship, on the tennis court?
Losing is part of the price of life .
the human condition, all of us born to sorrow.
early. Little League, science fairs, spelling bees.
Later there are
pink slips, unrequited compassion and, finally death.
Losing is a
necessary part of competing;
For every winner, there is at least one,
and usually many more, losers.
Losing is one of life's constant
companions, ever unwelcome, ever there.
The Rolling Stones had it right
you can't always get what you want.
Nevertheless, losing is a
taboo in American society.
The ultimate put down is
"loser," and failure is the ultimate f-word.
books have been written on how to win;
there are scarcely any on how to lose.
We forget that losers changed
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 failures.
Mozart died impoverished and was buried in the pauper's section of the
Most of the first edition of "Walden" remained in
Henry David Thoreau's personal
distracted himself from defeat with painting, writing, gardening and breeding butterflies.
Winner worship is
returning from games are asked whether they won or lost, when they should be
asked whether they had fun, or asked nothing
Parents often play games with
their children and allow them to win, ill preparing them for the 'game' of
educators feel 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.
Nowhere is winner worship
and loser loathing more evident than in sports or in that other great arena:
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 images of the
lone cowboy, riding off into the sunset in search of his
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
Americans need to confront
their losers and their losses.
Something as universal as failure
deserves our attention.
It has its positive side.
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 winning
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