As I was running downhill at mile 23, I suddenly stumbled upon a railroad track which caused me to trip. I abruptly fell to the ground and suffered an injury to my left knee which inevitably
Well, a week passed by and here I am, sitting in front of this computer dumping into words the thoughts and the possible answers as to why the freak accident occurred. I've never been a person to make excuses, on the contrary, I always blame myself for the mistakes that happen in my life. Unfortunately, in a conventional society these mistakes are seen as unforgivable failures thereby making a person unfit for success. Blah, blah, blah!!
I'm here to tell you why Failure smells so sweet. I learned an important lesson at Boston: Failure is the gateway to success. I considered myself a failure because I didn't finish in the time that I hoped for, but what truly happened was that I was paving the way for a successful future. To achieve your personal best you must welcome failure. You can't dwell on the present mistake but rather you must look at the bigger picture. You must embrace failure if you want to succeed. Besides, if you always win you will never know if you're putting forth the most amount of effort.
If there's one thing I can attest to is that the sweetest victories have been the most difficult to achieve. It's the one that forces you to give it your all and fight until you have no more. Surely it may seem very difficult while you're doing it, but the reward at the end is everlasting. I believe that failure and defeat teach us many lessons. Failure leads to determination. Failure leads to perseverance. Failure teaches you how to do it better next time.
I think that in order to accept failures one must possess the "No Fear" attitude. So what if you don't get the first time? There will always be a next time. Besides, the journey to success is the best part of the equation. Thomas Edison said it best:
Be positive. Have no fears. Embrace failure. Love success. Be happy.
What's been the most important thing you have learned from a failure?