Commentary

On Defeat, Perseverance and Failure

Thought of the Day

– Defeat, Perseverance and Failure –

Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious. 

The defeated are those who never fail. 

Defeat means that we lose a particular battle or war. Failure does not allow us to go on fighting.

Defeat comes when we fail to get something we want very much. Failure does not allow us to dream. Its motto is: ‘Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.’ 

Defeat ends when we launch into another battle. Failure has no end: it is a lifetime choice.

– Paul Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra (2014 edn)

Embracing our defeats and nonetheless putting one step in front of the other is success in itself.

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