by Steve M Nash
(Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire, UK)
Weekly Wonder Online: 34
"Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them."
More Failure Quotes from Epictetus...
"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid."
"Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen."
"It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows."
What I Wonder...
Listen to my thoughts about this Epictetus inspirational quote on failure in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite place of mine in Yorkshire (England!) - this time the video location is Brimham Rocks!...
(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
I actually don't talk much about the Epictetus quotes about failing to fail in the video as I'm too distracted by visiting Brimham Rocks for the first time in 30 years - wow! However, I do mention what 'failing to fail' feels like, and wonder why you (and I) fail to fail, so to speak!
I guess fear of failure is endemic in this world, and it really would be easy to blame our parents. But they take the rap for so many other of our foibles and faults, I say we give them a break on this one, eh!
Instead, let's take responsibility for our own fears here! And then let's look at what failing to fail is all about...
Fear of failure leads, inevitably, to failing to fail.
Which means fear of failure leads to fear of trying.
Which means failing to fail leads to failing to live - oh oh!
Failing to live is not something anybody would even wish on their worst enemy (I hope!). But it's true, if you fail to fail (or fail to try something that you might fail at) then you really are failing to live...
And what is the point of living if you're going to fail to live.
So here's my question to you: are YOU failing to fail, and if so, WHY?
And whilst you're thinking about failing, and pondering on these inspirational quotes about failure, I'll give you some reasons why we don't like to fail: