Monday, April 6, 2009

What is Actual Failure?

Just a question, posed here, and I want answers. I have my own theories, but I want to see what the rest of the world (my blog world) thinks.

To get things rolling, my mother's idea of failure is not graduating college, not making lots of money, not having a massive house, etc.

Just so you know, not only do I not see that as failure necessarily, but none of those things mean anything at all to me as far as my life goals.

Happiness. I think failure is the loss of happiness and constantly yearning to be elsewhere in life.

7 comments:

Pirate J. said...

Happiness in this context is different for everyone as we all know. You have to find it where you can. My personal definition of this kind of happiness is this. Happiness is whatever you want or need it to be. No one can tell you differently, so don't let them try. Making others happy at your expense just creates sadness and resentment.

Steve said...

To me success is having an a positive impact on other people and doing it in a way that energizes you and a way that you love.

Failure is going through life without ever embracing your passions and loving other people.

Lenina Crowne said...

I'm so glad I made this post. A question like this can really let you see other people.

Matt said...

Happiness is kind of like a garden. It has to be planted, tended to, and worked on. With time you reap rewards from your efforts with a harvest, but the rewards only last so long. Eventually, the plants get old and your fruits and vegetables rot. You have to keep at it to keep it going to continue bearing the fruits of your labors.

Failure just like happiness is a part of life. It can and can't be avoided at times. Sometimes despite all you do, it happens. To me the worst kind of failure is not answering the bell when you can. Throwing in the towel before it is time. Tapping out. Giving up. That is failure.

Three's Ennui said...

FAILURE: knowing without a doubt who you are and what you need/want and not actively pursuing it in some manner that pushes oneself to that need/want

Lenina Crowne said...

Three... I agree.

The Demon said...

Failure: Something or SOMEONE who failed. I.E. Your mother is a big fat bipolar failure.