The Art of Failure
He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland; the wise man realistically accepts failures as a part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them.
He lives on the principle of “nothing attempted, nothing gained” and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.
He does not set for himself the impossible ideal of always being successful in everything.
He does his best he can and then with a serene spirit accepts what comes.
He learns from the scientist who said, “At best, research is about 99 percent failure and 1 percent success and the 1 percent is the only thing that counts.”
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He keeps on keeping on.
He adopts as his talisman the magic words of the ancient seer: “This, too, shall pass away.”
~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living (1961)