The Gift of Failure Everyone hates to fail. Aren’t we all disappointed when we fail to achieve our goals? How can failure be a gift?
Here are some quotes from some of the world’s foremost leaders – highly successful people we all admire and respect: “Only those who dare to fail can achieve much.” – Robert E. Kennedy. “I haven’t failed. I’ve just figured out 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison. “Success stumbles from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill.
They are three great and powerful men who lived in the 20th century, and changed the world for the better. Each views failure as part of the process that can lead to the highest success.
Rifka Schonfeld is a well-known educator and educational consultant, especially dealing with children. In his recent column in The Jewish Press, a widely read weekly newspaper published in New York City, he described the qualities one needs to achieve success in life. Let’s review this as they can be applied to the game of poker:
Persistence – as in the children’s story by Watty Piper, “The Little Engine that Could.” (Do you remember?) Despite its small size, the tiny engine stuck to its purpose – not giving up. Immediately, it made it to the top of the steep mountain by repeating itself, over and over, the impressive words: “I thought I could. I thought I could, ”until I made it to the other side of the mountain. Persistence.
Grit – Schonfeld observes that “children who fail and then get up and start again showing grit.” Like tenacity, they have fortitude; they won’t give up until they succeed – even if it hurts a little. They are determined to achieve their goals. “Without grit, there is no persistence,” he said. Grit and tenacity go together, hand in hand, he explained.