It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

Famous Quote: It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure

Success can mean happiness, peace and perfection. No one can achieve it without going through failures. It sounds easy, but adopting this as a way of life is not simple. Failure has different effects on different personalities. For some, it is something that must be endured. These people consider that only enduring can prepare them for the next challenges of their lives. For others, failure is the end. It leaves them less capable, with less self-confidence, with less resources to handle themselves in life and much less, to face adversities or to re-initiate in any matter be it of the work, love, studies, etc. 

Failure is a part of success, and every failure is an opportunity to learn and correct.

Failure is an inevitable part of life.

People make mistakes continuously. This is an inevitable part of life, and every failure is an opportunity to learn and improve. Failure is a part of success, and every failure is an opportunity to learn and correct. It makes you wiser, stronger and more resilient as you can give yourself the chance to know more about the nature of what has happened. This can lead you to make the necessary adjustments to improve. The problem arises when you label it only in a negative way, but it can bring you conclusions that will serve as a lesson.

A failure may reveal that you lack to evaluate or that you used the wrong criteria or strategies in achieving your goal. It often happens that a failure for some is a success for others. And this means that the parameters of each other are different and not the result itself. When learning from your failures, it is necessary to stop blaming the world, circumstances or other people. You must reflect, as soon as possible, on your mistakes. Do not commit them again in the future, and through this, you gain experience.

Failure is a source of self-improvement.

Failure is a clear indicator that something isn’t right. It’s a feedback that conveys a message that what you have been doing does not work or does not give the result you expected. Sometimes, it is a matter of reviewing your objectives or a matter of modifying the method you have used to try to achieve your goals. One of the best ways of learning is trial and error. It will take time and much effort on your part, but it will be an excellent way to find the right method to achieve your desired results. 

Failure is a clear indicator that something isn’t right. It’s a feedback that conveys a message that what you have been doing does not work.

Your continuous improvement and analysis of your failures give you excellent background on how you can achieve your goals and provide you with valuable experience that will be of great use to face your new challenges. A failure contains pushing energy that can be managed through you. So take advantage of it and never take it negatively. Failure is a reason for you to think and keep going as your life go on. Accept failure and follow its path to success. When you have achieved success through it, the lessons are worth remembering and a guide to your future life endeavors. 

Bill Gates, the millionaire who learned from his failures

Bill Gates is the co-founder of the software company Microsoft, the developer of Windows, an operating system for personal computers that are most used in the world. Not everything in his life has been a success. He did not have a good start in the business world. He suffered to achieve recognition because his first business was a resounding failure.

In 1970, when he was studying in high school, he and his partner Paul Allen created Traf-O-Data, which was a computer program to automatically read raw data and that allowed to generate useful reports for engineers but nobody hired their services. After this failed business, both entrepreneurs learned to develop a software for computers that they didn’t have access to, and in 1975 they created a new company called Microsoft. What came next was a huge success that has placed him today as one of the richest men in the world.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop

Famous Quote: It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop

This famous quote from Confucius signifies the importance of perseverance, patience, focus, and discipline. Perseverance is a vital virtue to develop in life because it is closely related to personal development. You will only improve by failing when you can learn from those experiences and move on. You should have enough perseverance or determination to continue and not give up. If you keep pushing towards your goal, one day, you will achieve it. No matter how long it takes or how huge the obstacles you face, don’t stop. You will get to where you want to be in life. Everyone faces difficulties along the way. Nothing in this life is easy, but that’s why you need to be determined to move on. 

Without perseverance, your growth and development as a person are severely limited, and this will reflect the amount of success you can achieve.

Hard work exceeds talent.

Many think that having talent or excellent training is a guarantee to achieve success. But a person with expertise and knowledge is of little use if he is not persistent. There is no doubt that hard work exceeds talent. No matter what your abilities, what matters is how you perform. In the end, what matters is the result. 

In line with the importance of perseverance, having the right actions to achieve success also matters. First, you must thoroughly understand your reasons to pursue your goal. When you know the reason behind your goal, you get the fuel that will keep you walking, even when people encourage you to quit. Second, you should have the right plan. All plans must be carried out. You are not to create a perfect plan, but of designing a plan that will lead you to success, regardless of the obstacles along the way. 

The life you have dreamed of is in your hands.

It is crucial that you clearly define what you want, focus all your efforts on that idea, and success is assured. Perseverance, a positive energy, allows you to maintain your concentration and assist you in recovering the situation when, for whatever circumstances, the path deviates from what you have set as a route to achieve your goals. When many unfavorable circumstances come along, it is reasonable that you lose your focus, enthusiasm. You can find yourself without the necessary strength to cover another stage of your path. This is where perseverance helps you. 

Perseverance is a force that will allow you to get back on track and recover the road where you had left it to continue moving forward. On the other hand, if you are not focused, then it will be impossible for you to put your effort into doing something since you will have nothing to persist. And if you are not persistent, even if you are focused on your objectives, you will lack the willpower, which is necessary to achieve it.

Combine perseverance and willpower.

All the people who have become successful in their lives have managed to combine perseverance and willpower. They used these combined values to support their intense desires to achieve the goals they have set in their lives. The vast majority of people are prone to throw their objectives and goals overboard to the minimum problem or obstacle that lies ahead and surrender quickly, giving up their dreams. Even so, there is a small group of people – those who end up achieving success – who do not give up and who face any failure they may have, get up, and continue in the race to fulfill their purposes.

Motivation increases effort and perseverance, but the fear of failure guarantees to not achieving desired results.

Act on your goal and stop talking. Start working, stop dreaming, roll up, and fight. That’s what counts. Therefore, speed does not matter on how you deal with things but never stop moving forward. Success is not a horse race; it is a race of patience, perseverance, focus, and discipline. Hence, it does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop!

About Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and popularly known as the “Teacher of All Teachers.” His teachings and philosophy are influential to the present. He lived in a time when wars and confusion reigned. However, he never gave up his efforts to find and proclaim a path towards overcoming difficulties through knowledge. His influence was so significant that he soon began to fill places, and even politicians and men of power used his philosophies. He dedicated much of his life to teaching and came to have more than three thousand disciples.

March Idioms

Although St. Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland, on the 17th of March, people from all over the United States have lots of parties and parades to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. On this day, those of Irish descent,  or simply those with Irish pride, celebrate Ireland’s heritage on t-shirts that might say: “Kiss me, I’m Irish” or “Luck of the Irish,” bars sell green beer, and lots of people wear green and luck charms, such as shamrocks.


Here are some common expressions having to do with LUCK:

beginner’s luck – when a new or inexperienced person has a great success; meaning it was luck rather than skill.
Example: -“Wow, he made that shot on his first professional game ever!”
– “It was just beginner’s luck.”

you’re in luck – used to describe a good situation for another person.
Example: “You’re in luck, this was the last pair in your size and in this color!”

better luck next time –  used after minor failures when someone attempts something but can’t
Example: “Dude, she beat me at that new video game!”
“Oh, well. Better luck next time!”

just my luck – used sarcastically to say something was very unlucky.
Example: “I skipped school to go to the beach, and just my luck: it rained all day!”

pushing your luck – to try to extend the good luck or a good situation you’ve had and risk having a negative result or losing what you have so far.
Example: “ I was chosen out of the twenty who applied for the position so I accepted with the
starting salary they offered me because I thought asking for a higher starting salary would be
pushing my luck.”

the luck of the draw – the result of chance and you have no control over
Example: “Sometimes you have to wait for hours to see a doctor in the emergency room, other times you can see a doctor in 20 minutes. It’s just the luck of the draw.” 

try your luck – try to accomplish something even though you know you may not succeed
Example: “He is going to try his luck at Las Vegas casino.” 




Emotive Or Apathetic

As humans our emotions have surely evolved. From the time that we were lawless barbarians to the fair, just and humane civilians we call ourselves today. In general, we humans are conditioned from childhood to care for one another and also for other species as well. Parents and educators teach kids to respect wildlife, to not pick flowers, to love animals and always help peers and friends. As we grow into adulthood, so does our interest in others. We express empathy and kindness and do our best to reach out and help. Caring and morality has come to denote our civility.

But the sense of empathy and emotion are not widespread across the globe. when I look at the world, I feel emotions and kindness are analogous to a sense of comfort and wealth. In countries in which the majority of the population have a moderate net worth and have a greater level of education, tend to have greater emotional interest in the welfare of others. It’s evident that those struggling wouldn’t have the means or the interest in others. Families with meager income or those in developing countries are burdened with their own daily responsibilities and survival and unable to express the same level of empathy and care. However, the level of wealth doesn’t necessarily commensurate with emotion. There’s a point at which higher wealth leads to a sense of indifference and disconnect. The affluent become contemptuous and isolated from everyone else. They live, work, shop, dine and spend their time in manicured places where everyone’s desires are taken care of and there’s no exposure to anyone in need.  Anecdotally the wealthy, just as much as the impoverished, have the least sense of empathy and interest in others. In that sense, the affluent are quite like the insolvent in looking the other way in the face of need.

In the past few decades, the world has seen a decline in the number of middle class population. The rich, have certainly become much richer and the poor have equally become poorer and the middle class is being squeezed thin. Where then, does that leave us in our quest for emotion? If the rich and the poor alike are so engaged in their own lives to care about anyone else, our sense of empathy is being compromised. I wonder if it will survive and if not, will we become the inhumane, barbarians that we once were?

Susan Massoudnia