What we do in response to failure determines who we are. More importantly, it defines who we become.
Human nature tells us that we should give up in the face of defeat—if not the first time, then the second or third. But history is filled with success stories of perseverance and tenacity that inspire us to move forward when we don’t want to. Refusing to quit in the face of insurmountable odds is more important than a flawless strategy.
That’s not to say that the second, third or tenth time we attempt a task we will overcome, but persisting in the face of exhaustion or humiliation is what separates those who succeed from those who don’t.
Great success means:
It’s not necessary to be a pillar of strength in the midst of the storm. Getting up again and doing our best to overcome is what matters. Sometimes we do this with strength and boldness. Other times we are forced to take each painful step one at a time.
I’ve been through failure and success. One thing is certain—growth is more powerful when we rise to great heights following a devastating failure. It’s not for the fainthearted. One must refuse to accept defeat.