"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.
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 as:being
short of expectations
ceasing proper functioning
ineffectively or inadequately
undependable, abandon or forsake
decline in strength resulting from
excessive strain; made otherwise useless
The ultimate taboo - failure!
"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.
books have been written on how to
win; there are scarcely any on how to lose.
We forget that losers
changed the world.
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
Most of the first edition of "Walden" remained in
Henry David Thoreau's personal
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.
Some educators feel that flunking a class is so
detrimental to self-respect that they move children along to the next grade -
to bigger failures to come.
Nowhere is 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.
Carter was stunned by his land-slide 1980 loss to Ronald Reagan, and for about
five years he vanished from the national media.
took no part in the 1984 presidential campaign
- even though his former vice president, Walter Mondale, was running against
Americans still revere the images of the
lone cowboy, riding off into the sunset in search of his
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 losses.
Something as universal as
failure deserves our attention.
Losing can be positive and enabling if
it compels us to examine why we lost."
adapted from William
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