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Failure Is Not An Option. It’s A Necessity.

No one likes to fail. In fact, most of us fear failure. We see failure as something that will keep us from accomplishing our goals, getting that perfect job or gaining the respect that we desire. And, much of the time, we fear that failure will ruin our reputation. Our culture tells us that failure is unacceptable.

But, have you stopped to think what life would be like if you never failed at anything?

So, what if we never failed? Life would be pretty sweet…wouldn’t it? We would never make mistakes and everything would always work out perfectly. But, would that really give us the life we want?

Life Without Failure

Life without failure would not all of a sudden become a string of excitement and triumphant successes. Instead, it would become a monotonous string of non-events that would leave us empty and apathetic towards everything. We would eventually stop trying to do anything – either because we are not willing to try something without a guarantee of perfection; or, because the thrill would be gone knowing the outcome would always be predictable. Without the struggle, the successes become meaningless.

And then we have to ask, in this world full of failure, can we just avoid failing? I guess we could try. But, if failure was not an option that we allowed, wouldn’t we then become so afraid of the possibility of failing that we would avoid anything with the potential to fail?

Think about this: if we never risk failing, all we really do is fail to ever really live.

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On Attitude

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude is more than facts; it’s more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances and failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company, it will cause a church to soar or sink.  It will be the difference between a happy home and a home of horror.  It’s attitude, and the remarkable thing is, you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past, we cannot change the tick of the clock and we cannot change the march towards death.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitables.  I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me, and 90 percent how I respond to it.”

–Charles R. Swindoll


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