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De­con­struct­ing ‘Fail­ing For­ward.’

Man is al­ways hun­gry for power. And power can be at­tained only through rig­or­ous suc­cess. Hu­mans through­out the ages have been try­ing to de­rive a per­fect for­mula to make sure they achieve suc­cess at the first go. If one fails at an at­tempt, he gets in­stantly dis­cour­aged. Fail­ure is con­sid­ered equiv­a­lent to some­thing shame­ful or a sign of weak­ness. But what pro­fes­sion­als refuse to un­der­stand to­day is that suc­cess is not a one-time process. Repet­i­tive ef­forts with stag­nant ded­i­ca­tion lead to progress. Par­tic­u­larly in the Sil­i­con Val­ley, each and ev­ery mem­ber of this field is so am­bi­tious that there is no room for fail­ure. It is im­por­tant to re­al­ize that fail­ure is in­evitable in the jour­ney that leads to suc­cess. One does

not be­come in­fe­rior or in­ef­fi­cient if he comes across fail­ure. Fail­ure is a sign of try­ing hard to­wards achiev­ing your goal.

There has been no great per­son­al­ity who has be­come suc­cess­ful at once. Thomas Alva Edi­son was such a fail­ure as a stu­dent that his teach­ers said that he was too stupid to learn any­thing. De­spite re­ceiv­ing such dis­cour­age­ment, Edi­son went on to cre­ate the first source of ar­ti­fi­cial light for mankind, the elec­tric bulb. Af­ter this, he con­tin­ued work­ing on his the­o­ries and cur­rently has over 1,000 patents in his name. This proves that he wasn’t some­one who would give up due to fail­ure, but in­stead worked upon rec­ti­fy­ing his mis­takes. If a slight down­fall or de­jec­tion can have an ad­verse im­pact on an in­di­vid­ual, then suc­cess might seem like a long lost dream to him. To cope with fail­ure with an op­ti­mistic out­look for the pro­fes­sion­als of the Sil­i­con Val­ley, the term “Fail­ing For­ward” was coined.

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