Success is staying power, all else is failure.

JoshuaClayton By JoshuaClayton, 28th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Sure, quite obviously, the most powerful thing we can do is succeed. Real and conscious success is understood fully when you understand how to fail and avoid it, especially a massive understanding of failure and missing the mark. If you understand how to repeatedly hit the mark, and consciously create success expertly, you do have it made. But, look what it takes. It takes that which I am writing about.

Life is a game of understanding failure and then succeeding.

Business is failing forward and then achieving staying power through permanent success. Without that seeming failure, you do not have experience to succeed. Why do you think employers who want to hire people for jobs want people with the most "experience"? Because they understand what can go wrong, and do it right probably the first time they try at times, and rescue a bad situation at other times. Hey, the biggest failures expect too consistent success. The biggest successes can fail forward and understand that failure is not permanent until it is accepted genuinely as genuine failure.
Believing in yourself, then, is a game of experience and ultimate success through the kind of understanding I am talking about. To quit instead of gain experience is foolish then, isn't it? Indeed, I will tell you what, a good effort is only lost when it leads to quitting your project and not gaining experience to genuinely further your aims and chief definite aim. Winning does not start with beginning, it starts with following through, and sometimes falling forward to come back productively later.
When loss happens, start from the zero point or the beginning if you need to. Sure, the going may be hard. But gaining ground makes you powerful and more experienced, not weaker. Sure, the journey of a thousand miles always starts with one step forward. But if you take all the steps forward, you made the journey, you have the experience, and it will probably be easier to do it again. Real failure is losing faith in yourself and not failing forward in the way I just described anyway. Real success is doing what needs to be done, no matter what the temporary setbacks. So, consider this before I end this section: The most powerful and consistent success was the biggest failure of all who did not give up.

What is real failure?

Real failure is when you genuinely quit. That is the simple answer. The complicated answer is: When you do what you want only to get your goal, and not do what you genuinely need and what you genuinely want to get your goal. Success is not a "good parts only" science. It is doing what needs and wants to be done to get what you genuinely want.
Let me put it this way, even when the blacksmith is tired, even if the blacksmith is in the middle of pounding out metal into shapes, the blacksmith wants what they are getting paid. So, they swing that hammer and work and get stronger in their work as they go. Sure, I could broach the subject of real failure with all kinds of negative silliness. But I am only going to give the practical and honest advice I need to give.
So, go back even to the beginning of the modern history of Earth, no genuinely great man or woman is ever remembered as a failure, although they failed many times seemingly during their lives. Only the mediocre, born rich or poor, really did quit. The real winner is only a seeming failure, the real failure never realizes what really is going on with it all. Genuine external appearances are never something you or anyone can concretely go by. Real faith comes past the failure, real faith comes with coming back after the experience of seeming failure because success is better understood. A real failure just quits.

The most powerful idea and cure in existence.

Real success is the most powerful idea and cure in existence. But, the thing about it is that you must persist in it, in thought and in deed, if you want it to genuinely work for you.
Do not go looking for it everywhere, it is in your mind and "under your feet" as your own genuine best effort. In fact, I recommend reading the widely available Russell Herman Conwell essay "Acres of Diamonds" to inculcate this fact into yourself.
So, why did I answer the question in the above section like I did? So that you would be motivated to do the opposite of the answer to that question, and in case you skipped over some of this, the question was: What is real failure? I will give the quick and succinct answer to that question right here. Real success is the cure for it, and it comes in the form of the most powerful idea in existence to you or anyone who genuinely does life with persistence.
Opportunity is a funny thing, at its best it is straightforward. But at its seeming worst, it comes in the form of temporary defeat made into success through creativity, experience and understanding. The utmost clarity of thought is knowing when to practice this. The utmost bad thought or fog is quitting totally and giving up genuinely. So, keep your thoughts clear for the opportunity to act genuinely on your behalf.

The real loss is to quit and never know when you would have succeeded, let me explain:

Success is a journey, not instant. Real success is not one shot, it is consistent. If it was not consistent, then there would not be "life after the instant success" or the "next morning after the trophy won" or any of that. Indeed, success is to create and go on creating successes, not to "stop there" without attempting to go on with your path wherever it may lead that will benefit you.
Sometimes I write good articles that seem like the ultimate, but there is always something better to write about in the next article or something different to write about.
Take the Olympic athletic winners after they win the medals and experience all the hype and thrills of winning. They either have to win more medals or live on the past until the past becomes insignificant and they either have to do something or "ride into the sunset of their past success".
The thing is, real success is consistent action, not a static point to be reached. Permanent success is consistently doing what needs to be done to keep your success, not wallowing in the past. It is creating yourself into what you genuinely want to be consistently and successfully.
To retire and quit as if success is a point reached is a loss to yourself and everyone, for, as long as you are alive and consciously working, you have something to contribute. The real loss is not being creative enough to not be consistently successful and solvent. All real gains come from consistency and persistence. I did not say that success would be a constant, but as long as there is effort, there is always a consistent chance to succeed. Innovation comes from daring to be, do and have persistently until it does take you to genuine success and then you forever expand on it as a process that does not end. Immortal success takes immortal effort so to speak.

The Dummy

The dummy is someone who thinks that something for nothing is realistic. Let me explain: Like I said in the last section, immortal success takes immortal effort. Also, it takes even more effort to cheat really than to do it honestly.

Those that cheat "successfully" may seem to "get away with it", but down the road in the future is when the real payment happens after all "dust settles". The real easy way, thus, is the honest way of doing things. Without that honest character, you really do skip the good parts in a similar way to Adam Sandler skipping all of the good parts of his life in the movie "Click" only in a more realistic and painful way because there is not any way to go back really. Indeed, reality and learning from reality is the good part.

The worst part is winning irrationally, skipping over the honest process in order to illegitimately have the best of everything. Without that legitimacy and rationality, you are a cheater and there is not any getting around it. Without that genuine knowledge, real winning and triumph is an impossibility in any life that practices cheating and if you never get caught, you are stuck with catching yourself in the reality of your misdeeds.

I remember a line in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" about Data, the android, where a Starfleet officer said that Data, the android was a glorified Pinocchio dummy who wants to really be human, but skipped the process. I think it was first officer Commander William Riker played by actor Jonathan Frakes who said those lines. Although, they seemed rather insensitive at the time, he was right. Skipping the process is the key to inability to genuinely handle reality. Skipping the process is the key to ultimate failure in a genuine sense even if you appear to succeed. Skipping the process is something that catches up with you even if you do not "get caught" by the powers that be, because of the unrealistic nature of all cheating of any sort. "Honesty is the best policy" is not just a ridiculous bromide, it is the clear reality of all situations.

Don't feel sorry for yourself!

Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she's gone I can't go on
Feeling two-foot small

Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey, you've got to hide your love away
Hey, you've got to hide your love away

How can I even try?
I can never win
Hearing them, seeing them
In the state I'm in

How could she say to me
"Love will find a way"?
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say

Hey, you've got to hide your love away
Hey, you've got to hide your love away

This is the last Beatles song you should listen to if you are reading this part of the article. The minute after you get beyond being a dummy and you need a new way of life that seems "impossible", that state of mind that song suggests seems like a viable alternative. Forget it! In fact, forget the word impossible because anything that can be genuinely and logically or sometimes even "illogically" conceived by the mind is possible and achievable ultimately.

For example, I remember when my Dad would rebuild his whole 1967 Mercury Cougar car engine in his car or in other cars friends would bring to him from time to time from scratch after a long trip to the East coast in his car. With as long as it seemed to take to do the work, and do "Pick A Part" places to get good parts that fit that motor, it seemed impossible until the car ran again even better than before. That is what real life comes down to, chucking the word impossible and doing it no matter what in a way that embraces nonconformity. The rare achiever does not embrace impossible. I am not saying "be irrationally sure of yourself to the point of overconfidence", but I am saying and being a winner who does not embrace "impossible" through the lessons I genuinely learned about the unreality of the impossible in life. Walls, ceilings, limits are self made. But bridges and and breaking the mold are also self made. Make a way and all will be possible. Conform totally and limit yourself and nothing is possible. Conformity is the ultimate way of feeling sorry for yourself. What comes after "I" is the most important thing: I can or I cannot decides it all.

Try to see it my way
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone
We can work it out
We can work it out

Think of what you're saying
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright
Think of what I'm saying
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night
We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it's a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long
We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it's a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long
We can work it out
We can work it out


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author avatar JoshuaClayton
I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California, USA. I used to write under a few aliases, but now I have nothing to hide and write mostly under my own name. I write mostly on self-help topics.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Nice post, Joshua. The real failure lies in not trying hard enough - siva

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