This quote raises many questions for me....
What is failure?
What is success?
How do we stay enthusiastic in the face of failure?
Let's start with, what is failure?
I see failure as: something did not turn out as we hoped or as we expected it would. I also think of failure as not accomplishing a goal.
Ok, when I say it that way failure does not seem like it is the end of the world. It says to me, it's time to recalibrate, time to change my thinking, reevaluate my goals, or take a good look at my expectations.
Then, what is success?
Comparing it to my definition of failure, I suppose success would mean things went as I thought they would or I achieved/accomplished a goal.
But what if things did not go as we thought they would or we did not accomplish that goal but things still turned out ok, just different?
Just because something did not go as planned was it truly a failure?
A relationship, a job, or a goal did not turn out as you had hoped.
Most likely you will experience sadness, loss, disappointment, maybe even heartbreak. And it is ok to feel those things when we feel like something has failed.
So how do we move forward and stay enthusiastic in the face of this?
When you are faced with disappointment and failure let yourself grieve. Be sad. Be disappointed. Give yourself time to reevaluate. Then begin again by nurturing yourself, recalibrating your thoughts and switching up your goals. Set a new goal, dream a new dream, let yourself love and be loved. Let yourself rest, you do not have to quit.