Failure and Success

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Of a truth, I wanted this piece to be a fictional story of some sort. Maybe something funny, something from the top of my head, but as much as I tried, it just didn’t work out. I got a thousand and one options in non-fiction, but when I think of writing it in fiction, it just doesn’t come off as something that merits my writing time. So I thought, “Should a story about Failure and Success be fictional?”. My answer? NO. A big one.

The concept of Failure and Success is one that scares us. No one, no being, no dictionary, no scroll and no chronicle can single-handedly define Failure and Success. We have 7 billion people on earth, and as such, we have 7 billion definitions of Failure and Success too. Everyone has their own story to tell. Everyone has their own definition to offer, and as strange as it may sound, one does not agree with the other — each is unique.

So according to me, what is Failure?
Most people think falling once is failure. Some others think not achieving what you want is failure. Well, I’m not most people, and I’m not some others.
“Failure is when you do not achieve a set goal, and rather than keep pursuing or try again, you decide to believe that you can NEVER achieve it. Then, you are a failure”
That’s my definition there.

Its in the nature of man to try. We are not machines with perfect programmes. We do not exist in a perfect environment that’ll support everything we try, but if we do not try at all, or we try, fail, then stop trying, then we have failed.

•Abraham Lincoln failed more than 10 times before he became a President, and not just any President, one of the finest Presidents the United States have ever had.
•Wilbur and Orville Wright failed multiple times, but in the end, created the means we have come to know as the fastest in transportation — the air transport
•Albert Einstein, whose teacher had to write a letter to his parent(s) telling them not to send him to school anymore as he was a born failure, turned out to become one of our best scientists, and even considered by some as the Father Of Science
•Charles Dickens, who used to plaster tags on wine bottles but didn’t give up his writing dream, wrote the “Oliver Twist” book we so love now.
•Lionel Messi, whose deformity would have prevented him from fully activating his potential and achieving his goals, braved it all and is a force to reckon with now in the game of football.

I could go on and on. The stories are so much. These people rose above their failures. They didn’t see the failures as pits they’ve crashed in, they rather used them as fuel to their greatness. Their failures inspired them to do more till they became successful.

Now to the next one —» “Success”

Success has to be the most inexplicable of words in the English Language. Success is such that, you can never have enough. It is so tricky that, once you think you have enough of Success, you have started to Fail again. Thomas Edison said that, “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure”. Truer words have never been spoken. You can never be satisfied with success. It creates an insatiable hunger within you that must be constantly attended to by feeding it with more success, breaking more barriers and strongholds. Success is such that, even I can not begin to look for the right adjectives to define it, its just beautiful in its own way.

Observing the concept of Success and Failure as a whole, Failure sometimes serves as the door through which we access success. For some tasks, we need to knock on the door of Failure to see the Success inside. But some people just stare at the door when it appears and leave, leaving behind the success they could so easily have attained.

But again, this is just my concept.

So, dear reader, what do you think about the theme, “Failure and Success”?

Title for this piece was submitted by Mubarak. Though, I couldn’t supply the fiction he asked, I hope I tried my writing best by creating this out of the rather tricky title. Thanks for reading


5 thoughts on “Failure and Success

    Balogun ayobami mubarak said:
    July 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Nice one bro,Bringing the rise of the best u.s president(abraham)nd the greatest football player(messi) av explain every thing abt the topic………… addition people should know that success those not deal with age but determination


      Christopher responded:
      July 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Thanks for reading and participating. But bringing Messi in doesn’t mean I’ve agreed that CR7 isn’t the best player oh! 😀


    Harkmite said:
    July 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I stongly agree bro…..every word.


    Harkmite said:
    July 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    I strongly agree bruv…..every word.


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