Failure is not an option

Failure is not an option

This is sad, but inspirational and a great lesson not to never give up:

“99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses, (blaming or stopping to take action).” George Washington Carver

Acknowledge, give Credit and to Celebrate your successes.

Mongolian Warriors used to take their families and possessions with them to wars. Never took their eyes off the prize until the end or they stood to lose everything and get annihilated completely. They won all wars because there was no other option. Imagine if they coasted!

You must have also heard about burning all bridges or ships in order to have no way to retreat.

“Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners.” Joe Gibbs


Failure is not an option. Over, under, around, and through, whatever it takes will do. It does not have to be perfect.

“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” Napoleon Hill

Having enough courage to take the first step and then keep going and never give up.

Self-discipline does not come without experiencing failure, and the only way to defeat failure is through persistence and perseverance.


Abraham Lincoln failed so many times, but never gave up

1831- Failed in business – declared bankruptcy.

1832- Defeated for State Legislature.

1834- Again failed in business – declares bankruptcy.

1835- Fiancée dies.

1836- Has a nervous breakdown.

1837- Defeated in election.

1843- Defeated in bid for U.S. Congress.

1846- Again defeated for U.S. Congress.

1847- Fails for a third time in bid for U.S. Congress.

1855- Defeated for U.S. Senate.

1856- Defeated for office of Vice President.

1858- Again defeated for U.S. Senate.

1859- Elected President of the United States of America.


“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.” Zig Ziglar

Resolve to never ever give up, devote yourself to your goal, and become fierce at the end to reach the finish line.

When things get hard, that is when we learn. Accept failures as a part of life. If you play in the rain, you are bound to get wet.

The story goes that “Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb”. When asked about it,

Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.”
“Having conceived of his purpose, a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking neither to the right nor the left. Doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded; they are disintegrating elements which break up the straight line of effort, rendering it crooked, ineffectual, useless. Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in”.
To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.” James Allen

“I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.”

“The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.” Og Mandino

As a South Asian woman, if you fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going no matter what.

Failure is not an option

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