Is there any success without the possibility of failure? We have politicians who would like to tell you that there is. Many think that the choice is to succeed or fail. But I would like to present to you a more realistic approach.
To Succeed or Fail
To think that one outcome precludes the other is being uninformed or very simplistic. The fear of failure is a very motivating force. But it should not be so feared as to keep one from being creative and energetic.
The politicians that I mentioned want to instill fear in you so as to stifle the spirit of creativity. Fear will cause you to settle for a “guaranteed” minimum. I put the “guaranteed” in quotes because it never quite comes out to what is “guaranteed”. The minimum turns out to be far less than the maximum that is promised.
The social gospel
The socialistic “gospel” preached by these politicians is the same one preached in the 20th century. It was preached by Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.
They painted such a glorious picture of a society where everyone succeeded. Everyone would have a “guaranteed” income, no matter what you did or did not do.
The famous mantra was, “From everyone as he is able to everyone as he needs.” Translated, “If you worked hard and accomplished much, you got the same as the lazy fellow who slouched and did little.” With this philosophy, no one failed. And by definition, therefore, all succeeded.
If you believe that, your brain must have been anesthetized. The truth is borne out in every society that this approach has been taken. Without fail, 98% of the people are the working class. The other 2% are the ruling class. The ruling class determines what is best for the working class. They, the ruling class, guarantee that the working class will always have an income.
How has that worked out in real life?
Let’s draw a few comparisons. In the US where there is, relatively speaking, very little socialism in our governance.
About 2% of our population is made up of the “super-rich”.
These are entrepreneurs who through years of work and ingenuity have built businesses that serve many people. Then there is the 10% who are rich, doing the same as the “super rich”, but to a lesser degree. Then comes what is called the “middle class”.
These are the working people who have chosen to work for one of the successful entrepreneurs of there society. These make up 70% to 75% of this society. They make enough to buy a house and two cars and live relatively comfortably. The remaining 15-20% are made up of the poor and indigent. These are most often on some type of welfare support from the government.
Which group do the socialists fall in?
Now, which group do you think the socialist 98% fall into? We know for sure it is not the top two groups. If you think it would be the middle class, you need to think again.
The 98% of the socialist governed nation would be in the poor and indigent welfare level. Study the Soviet Socialist Republic of the 20th century. Or you can look at Communist China. We hear talk of how great their economy is, but is it that great for the masses? Consider this, their economy is only 4/5ths of the US economy and their population is five times the US. Their standard of living for the 98% is far below that of the welfare class of the US.
These are nations that have given promises of no failure. They promise that in return for surrendering your right of failure to them.
The other view
We mentioned above that failure is not necessarily bad. In fact, without the possibility of failure, there would be no chance of success. By what would we measure success? So, when someone guarantees that you cannot fail, they are not guaranteeing anything at all.
When you strive for success, you are admitting the possibility of failure. Failure is only one possibility of striving for success. It is not the final outcome, though. Success may have many avenues by which it may be attained. If one way does not lead to success, there are other avenues to try.
So, failure can be a good tutor in our journey to success.
Let me give a few examples. In the history of our country there have been many who succeeded through failure. Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, went bankrupt three times before he succeeded. He went on to become the richest man in America for a while.
Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team the first two times he tried. He went on to be the premier player of the NBA.
I have a friend who tried seven times to start a business and went bankrupt. But, the eighth time he became a millionaire.
Each of these examples took failure as a learning tool. They did not quit until they succeeded. If they had been in a socialist society, they would never have had the chance to even try and fail. They tried and failed, but never gave up until they succeeded.
Not everyone is meant to build a business or be a celebrity or a sports figure. For many, to strive to be a good tradesman or employee is a worthy goal. To one degree or another, every human being can achieve that goal. We just must keep on until we find our particular niche. When we find that place we have found success. Yes, it may take a failure or two. But, those failures are only steps toward our success.
Beware of something for nothing
So, when you hear a politician say that he, or she, wants to give you something for nothing, stop. Nothing is free. If you do not pay for it, someone else will. The politician will never be the one to pay for it. He or she will be the one who gets all the benefits. You may receive some benefit, but you will give up far more than you receive.
It is better to have the opportunity to try to succeed and fail than to have a “guaranteed” anything.
How to determine what to succeed at
One of the first things you need to do is to determine what you enjoy doing. Doing something that you enjoy is half the journey to success. If you can enjoy something even when it seems less than “guaranteed”, you will keep on going. That persistent “keeping on” attitude will carry you through the times it seems hopeless.
The attitude of “never give up” will cause you to turn failure into the tool that it was meant to be. Failure is a tool. It is not a condition. Use it as a tool to correct your mistakes and find the direction you should take. You may have to make some “U” turns and a backup once in a while. But always keep that engine of creativity running and ready to move.
Take a few minutes and write down what you really enjoy doing. Then consider if you would really like to excel in that area or business or whatever. Now, write down some simple goals. They may be far-ranging or just for next week or even just tomorrow. I chose to set a goal for each day of the week for my path to success. Yours may not be a daily thing. It may be weekly, or monthly, or numbers to achieve. You know best. Then, simply begin to apply what you have written.
Most of all, make sure you continue to enjoy what you are doing. Take a break occasionally and refresh yourself. I find that taking one day in seven as a resting period works well for me. You might try that.
If perchance, you run into failure along the way, don’t get upset. Take a little time to assess your situation. Use that failure to find out what needs to be corrected or added. Always do it with an attitude of enjoyment.