Success and failure can make you dance to their tunes if they wish to. How you combat it is up to you… So reach for the stars because even if you do fail, you will land on the moon.
Reach for the stars, even if you fail, you’ll land on the moon. There’s nothing special about that phrase. Some might have heard it before and others would say it’s a bit clichéd. But when you are 14 and uninspired in a maths lesson, a tiny A5 sized poster on the wall is enough to get you to give up the slouch, sit up straight and probably concentrate a bit more on what the teacher is saying.
I read that message on an A5 sized poster in my maths lesson when I was 14. 3 years on, and now, my subject choices couldn’t be any less related to maths. It’s amazing how when you are 14 and you think you know everything (or maybe you don’t) but suddenly one message on a piece of paper is enough to get you thinking in a more mature way. Despite what other people might say, I’ve always lived by the message: Reach for the stars, even if you fail, you’ll land on the moon. Today, if there’s something that has made me the person I am, it’s that single message.
Success is a fickle friend. Aim for it with one solitary arrow, and it will try to dodge you constantly. Aim for it with multiple consecutive arrows, mark my words, it will stay fixed where you want it to stay. I’m not a successful person. Of all of the things I’ve done till now, that success is measured only according to me. But it’s my belief that all of these little successes that I’ve had all my little life, will probably group together to make a bigger impact and maybe then I will really reach the stars.
A lot of people get bogged down by failure. A fairly successful person will feel that failure is a measure of how badly they’ve done. A very successful person will realise that failure is actually a reality check telling them where they’ve gone wrong. How you look at success is up to you but the difference between some people and the others is that some people look at failure as a cul de sac. The others look at failure as a cul de sac with tiny hole in the corner, through which they can squeeze themselves even if it means they have to force themselves through it several times.
My message for all of you is if you find that at some point in life, things aren’t going well for you, keep telling yourself that it will be okay because it is that thought that will actually make stuff better. If you are weighed down with failure, keep trying because maybe the success you gain from trying won’t be astronomical, but hey, it will be some success at least!
I leave you with this little anecdote that should get you thinking. Thomas A. Edison, inventor of the light bulb was experimenting with filaments for the light bulb to find the perfect one. After many tries a helper at his laboratory asked him to give up with the filaments because they had tried nearly 10,000 and they had failed. Edison replied : “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”