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Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.
-- J. Krishnamurti
 

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

When things go wrong

After you’ve been defeated is not the time to give up. If you give up then, the hard-earned knowledge of what went wrong will be of little use. Look at your defeat as a payment in advance for your ultimate success. Because that’s exactly what it is.

It matters little that you’ve been defeated. What really counts is how quickly you get going again. Wallowing in self pity gets you nowhere, and it’s really not even that much fun. Find something better to do. Pick yourself up and get on with it. You’re smarter now. You’re wiser and more experienced. You have an in-depth understanding of what went wrong. From that it should be no problem to figure out how you can make things go right.

Each of your defeats can bring you closer to victory, so why in the world would you want to let any of them stop you? You’ve already paid part of the price. Now get on with the business of reaping the reward.

— Ralph Marston

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