Do Not Judge me by my Success – Nelson Mandela
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again
– Nelson Mandela
Success and failure are two words which I think are highly overrated. I would perhaps be happier using the words outcomes and to see if something turned out in our favour or not. Well, that’s a matter aside, success is still one of the highest rated things in the world because it is a symbol of achievement, of having done something which not many others have achieved. It is a way of patting ourselves on the back and telling that what we have done is something commendable indeed.
Just as we rejoice in these successes, there are also those moments when things don’t work in our favour and naturally enough we punish ourselves for not having achieved the outcome we wanted. It is bad enough that the world around us doesn’t appreciate ourselves, but we make it a little worse by thinking about it a little too much and pushing ourselves down. Having said that, I do appreciate that it is never easy to handle a failure or an adverse outcome.
But such is our life, sometimes things do not work in our favour – sometimes it is beyond our grasp as to why it happened. All we are left with is the outcome and how we treat it. We can feel bad about it and curse our luck, capacity, opportunities, resources and all those other things. But none of them is going to help us. The only thing that is going to define us is what we do about this failure, what we do about this setback.
The choice as always is with us and we can decide what we make out of the situation. Sometimes it is just a test as to how we are going to face it and if I base it to our quote by Randy Pausch – sometimes it is just a test to see how badly we need something. And failure brings about something fascinating within us – RESILIENCE. Hence, our quote of the day is Nelson Mandela’s piece on – do not judge me by my successes cos it is easy to respond to a success but it takes something more than that to respond to a failure.
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