Understanding and learning from failure 3

For some unknown reason I have been thinking about failure and its meaning for some time. Perhaps it stems from my personal failures, the way I feel right now (dispondent) or it may even be associated with the failures we hear so much about in our current government.

What ever the cause I am of the opinion that failure is merely an opportunity to learn, it is a way of beginning once more.

Winning is something that happens all the time. We do not do things right sometimes or once in a while we do them right all the time. Winning must become a habit but failing can also become a habit.

John Salak says there are two kinds of failures – “those who thought and never did and those who did but never thought”. 

I believe our government is currentlyt trying to do so much but with little thought. They are doing things for the right reasons in many instances but are just not thinking them through or doing them correctly. It’s time our politicians took stock and changed thinking.

Success comes from looking for opportunities and circumstances that exist  – if they do not exist or if we cannot find them then we must create them. Perhaps I am getting more cynical as I grow older – I find myself paying less attention to what people say I rather watch what they do.

With the elections at hand why not ask yourself – what have the politicians said and what have they done? 

Vote with your head and not your heart – but whatever you do USE YOUR VOTE.      


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3 thoughts on “Understanding and learning from failure

  • Des Squire Post author

    Nice way of putting it Herbert. What still amazes me is that twhen the bad politicians are in power the people still vote for them despite their unhappiness with service delivery, Fraud, Corruption and nepotism. Failing to vote achieves nothing and just keeps the “baddies” in their jobs – nothin changes. This is when people like you, me and thousands like us start losing hope.  

  • herbert Mawodyo

    wrong or Right, Good or bad, my opinion is good politicians tend to be defeated by bad politicians because bad politicians win elections and good politicians lose elections, lose hope and become selfish and reserved while bad politicians become motivated and have opportunities to reign amidst rampant corruption, nepotism and amassing wealth.

  • Sylvia F. Hammond

    Hi Des,  good topic to think about over the weekend.  Personally, I look around and I see enormous progress.  Not that everything is perfect and not that everything is going as it should.  But I would suggest to you that before every election, we are inundated by opposition views expressed in our media that focus on everything that is wrong – not what is right. Remember Winston Churchill, when building a brick wall himself is alleged to have asked: “anyone can see what is wrong, but can you see what is right?” Have a great weekend.