There is no determination regarding failure. Maybe that is why learning from failure is easier than learning from success, while success often appears to be the last step of the ladder. Possibilities of life are endless and there are worlds beyond the stars-which is literally true. What emerges as success in one moment may turn out to be a failure or even worse in the next instant. We often do not know what failure also what is success ultimately is?
There are examples of people which became wealthy but renounced all their wealth achieved after a lifetime's effort. The kings like Bharthrihari gave up their kingdoms just because of their failure in love. The Duke of Windsor abandons the throne of England for marrying an American divorcee Miss Simpson. Whereas we can see our failures clearly success is prone to blind our vision. Yet the time world where we live in is a mixture of pain and pleasure, sorrow and delight, light and darkness, success and failure! Successes as well as failure are parts of our life and experience. We gain from both also mislay from both. Success delights us, failure dejects us but experience accretes them both. After success it loses its shine just as failure loses its sting. An aware person learns from both successes as well as failures of life and begins to see life what it is. Most people try to achieve what they desire. They either fail or succeed in getting what they desire. In a difficult world trial and error become our way of solving problem of life. Yet there are escapists who avoid undertaking the trial as they are scared of meeting failure or committing the error.
They perhaps, believe making mistake as wrong and harmful but the fact is that, for most of us, trial and error are both helpful and necessary. Errors provide the feedback for building the ladder to success. Errors push one to put together a new and better trial, leading through more errors and trials, hopefully, finding ultimately a workable and creative solution. To meet up with an error is just a temporary and often necessary part of the process that leads to success or well-earned achievement. No errors or failures, often means any success either. This is more true in trade and while handling an on-going project. According some company training programmes an early partial success is not commended. In fact, early success in a long-term project is regarded as a premature outcome of good efforts which is likely to cause complaisance and slackening of effort to achieve the ultimate objective of the project. In the early time success might tempt one to get fixed on to what seemed to have worked so quickly and easily and stop from looking up any further. Later on, maybe a competitor will learn from the slackened 'achiever' to further explore for larger possibilities moreover push on to find a much better solution that will push the earlier achiever out of the competition. Yet, there are many organisations who believe in what they call 'culture of perfection: a set of organisational beliefs that any failure is unacceptable'. Only a hundred each cent untainted success will be acceptable. "To retain your reputation as an achiever, you must reach every goal and never, ever make a mistake that you can't hide or blame on someone else". But this is a flawed approach as the stress and terror in such an organisation, at some point, become unbearable and lead to attrition. The ceaseless covering up of finger-pointing, small blemishes and shifting the blame result into rapid turnover, as people rise high and then fall abruptly from grace.
Try and Try:
For the moment, cheating, lying, falsifying of data and hiding of problems goes on and swings and shakes the organisation from crisis to crisis and, ultimately, weakens it irreparably. Some ego-driven, 'experienced' achievers forget that time and environments have changed and demand other kinds of inputs. A senior lecturer of ten years' standing was rejected and one with only one-year experience was selected. When the senior protested, selectors told him: "You too have only one year of experience-only repeated ten times. The particular lecturer has fresher as well as more relevant experience." Balance counts and a little failure may help preserve one's perspective on success. Finally, life is more than a count of failures and successes, as a humorist said: "try and try-only twice, the third time let someone else try" is yet another way of looking at life's struggle.