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Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.
-- Helen Keller
 

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

The success of failure

Some of the most innovative and creative people are those who are willing to undertake projects that will probably fail. Creativity depends heavily on exploration, and when you’re exploring new territory, you often run into dead ends.

When you do have to turn back, when you do have the experience of failure, that’s not a sign to abandon the endeavor. In fact, it’s a signal that you’re making progress. After all, you’ve learned what doesn’t work, and that will help you to eventually discover what does work.

The most successful people look at failure as simply another step in the process of success. Failure is not a reason to stop -- quite the contrary. Indeed, each failure becomes a new and more advanced starting point.

An important part of the determination to succeed is the willingness to fail, and the confidence to see every failure as temporary. So explore new ideas. Attempt new and ambitious projects. Of course you’ll make mistakes. Sure, you’ll run into some dead ends. And each time you do, you’ll be moving forward toward ultimate, certain success.

— Ralph Marston

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