We are not failed by falling; rather, we are failed by choosing not to get up
The natural world and the animals that surround us have lessons to teach us, even though human existence by its very nature lacks a universally applicable guide for success and happy living. Nevertheless, the most pertinent lessons for us to acquire come from the life stories of people and groups because of their familiarity and closeness. There are many stories in mythology, history, and contemporary literature about people who change the course of events and triumph against them.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell exemplified the kind of person whose perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity transformed an imminent defeat into a historic victory. He decided to stand up and fight through cramps after tripping during the pivotal point of the match. Even though Maxwell had every reason to give up, his willpower forced him to give it another go. His extraordinary resolution was unaffected by the fact that he was unable to run, that boundaries were his only option, and that all expectations were placed on him. Australia would not have achieved the historic win if he had chosen to quit, and he had a good cause to do so. There is barely a comparison to the self-assurance and enthusiasm he displayed throughout that momentous Cricket World Cup inning
Beyond Australia’s cricket, Maxwell’s victory represents a resurgence of faith in oneself, tenacity, and life itself. There is a lot to learn from his performance. To begin with, we are not failed by falling; rather, we are failed by choosing not to get up. Failures are relinquished when we give up thinking about quitting. Secondly, we are unstoppable unless we allow it to be stopped by any rationale or valid excuse. When we make the decision to confront the obstacles—whether they be actual or imagined—we neutralize their ability to resist and succeed in overcoming them. Thirdly, we should never undervalue or take for granted any opportunity or attempt, no matter how much work we put into it. In the long term, efforts that do not yield the desired results do move us closer to failure. Consequently, it is worthwhile to pursue and exert effort for any opportunity.
Fourth, lacking potential or resources shouldn’t be interpreted as an absolute indication of failure. This is because if we don’t give up, we can hardly dispute that it might postpone our success. Consequently, we must focus all of our efforts on what we do have rather than hoping for success with what we don’t. Fifth, when we go through the necessary steps and have the courage to overcome the seemingly impossible, our success grows and is cherished. In the best conceivable way, both the individual and society benefit from accomplishment attained through adversity. In conclusion, though, having self-assurance in life and the determination to persevere in the face of setbacks renders one eternal by serving as a constant source of motivation for others.
In life, we can achieve success primarily in two ways: either by taking lessons from the experiences of others or by facing our own setbacks and coming out on top. The former path is, for many, the least travelled, even though it may be an easier one to succeed, while the latter is the congested way in our culture, despite being thorny. How come most of us choose to enhance our failure rates by venturing into unexplored territory rather than minimizing them through life lessons from others? This may be the result of the fact that we frequently have less desire to own things that are relatively easy to obtain. We also have a tendency to exaggerate our own efforts and talents to the point where we stop trying to learn from the experiences of others. We compound our shortcomings in this way.
However, unless we interpret them as such, failures help our causes in one way or another. We frequently consider hardships, desperation, or defeats to be final and harmful failures. Nevertheless, the secret to success is in how we handle them. We remain in the genuine ranges of potential for achievement in life as long as we persevere, learn, unlearn, and relearn things in life.
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