The movie scene from Tin Tin when he talks about Failure
“Captain Haddock: I thought you were an optimist.
Tintin: You were wrong, weren’t you? I’m a realist.
Captain Haddock: Ah, it’s just another name for a quitter.
Tintin: You can call me what you like. Don’t you get it? We failed.
Captain Haddock: Failed. There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don’t you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There’s something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you” -Courtesy IMDB
I think we have all been here where everything seems like a failure and nothing seems to work our way. It all seems like a huge failure, full of despair and no hope but I believe every cloud needs to have a silver lining. Every bit of sadness must have something masked in it, a signal seeking a change to get ready for an opportunity. It is not that there are no options, it is just that we stop trying! And isn’t that the perfect definition of failure?
“You don’t fail till you give up“. And another line which I would recall is “Most people quit when they are extremely close to their success” or how about “The night is the darkest just before dawn”. I am not saying things will magically happen as we sit back and relax, I am saying we need to gather ourselves, look up and start working ahead. That’s the only way one can beat the melancholy of feeling sad for oneself. Sympathy is a good thing but never managed to solve anything, the entire onus is always on us and that defines whatever you may call it, optimist, pessimist, realist, failure– nothing matters! It is only action that gives you the result, anything else you may try and call it, it would all be a rationalization wouldn’t it?