Oh, Failure!: Elbert Hubbard

This is the first in a series that I am calling, “Oh, Failure!,” in which I will choose one quotation about “failure” and provide my interpretation of it. This is a subject that has fascinated and hurt me for years and a subject that I have much experience in (i.e. I have failed many times in trying to do many things, big and small). For my own selfish purposes and hopefully to your benefit, I will do my best to interpret and open up the topic of “failure.” Let’s begin.

Elbert HubbardImage via WikipediaElbert Hubbard, author of “A Message to Garcia,” wrote, “A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.”

In this quotation, Garcia is urging us to build our capacity for interpreting our failures in a way that can somehow be to our advantage. Sometimes, failing at a task can simply become our motive for giving up, even though it might not be in our best interest to do so. Failure can show us how to do things differently, if only we strengthen our capacities in such a way that we can learn to use the failure to better (or change) the situation and not let it get the better of us.

If you find yourself failing in all the same ways over and over, change what you are doing and change how you are interpreting your failure.

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