What is Failure?

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"Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
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- Zig Ziglar About the author of the quote Today's motivational quote is from famous motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar.
Zig Ziglar was born Hilary Hinton Ziglar on November 6, 1926.
Ziglar was a successful salesman and sales trainer with many companies until 1970 when he became a motivational speaker full-time.
At 83 years old, Zig Ziglar is still travelling across the country conducting motivational seminars.
What is failure? A failure is not achieving the desired end or ends.
This definition simply means that a person did not achieve what they had set out to accomplish.
It makes no judgment of the person performing the act.
What is a person? A person is a living human being.
Being a person means that you are human, like the rest of us.
A mistake or the inability to achieve a certain end does not make you any less of a person.
It does not define you.
The famous quote, "to err is human" is not quite an accurate statement.
This "motivational" statement implies that humanity can be defined by failure.
I believe humanity is not defined by failure but rather by the overcoming of it.
How to deal with failure While seemingly difficult to do sometimes, overcoming most failures is actually a rather simple task once you have the frame of mind that you are a human being and that a mistake or failure does not define you.
By taking this quote and applying to your daily life you will be able to overcome obstacles easier.
You will not be caught up in the cloud of shame than can sometimes overwhelm people when a failure occurs.
An example Here is a simple example of this quote in action.
You work for an agency that is applying for grants for funding.
It is your responsibility to write the proposals for the grants.
These proposals have a certain deadline of three weeks from today.
You are unable to meet this deadline because you also have two other extremely important projects you are working on.
This scenario can play out in several different ways.
I will give you two different possibilities even though there are many more.
The first outcome, by not remembering that failure is an event and not a person, is that because of the consequences of missing the deadline you become depressed and let the rest of your work suffer.
This will cause you to eventually continue down a path of hardship as you become more and more miserable with regards to your work.
The second outcome, by keeping in mind the quote, is that you realize that you made a mistake and that just because you did, does not mean you are incompetent in any way.
This will cause you to attack your upcoming work assignments with even more motivation and vigor and instead of hardship you gain more and more confidence everyday and you build your reputation as someone who can overcome obstacles and succeed to the fullest extent.
For more information on Zig Ziglar visit http://www.
ziglar.
com
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