Failure Is Not Terminal!

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“I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” Nikki Giovanni

“No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.” Napoleon Hill

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt

When we have peace within ourselves, we can think clearly. I stared at this picture for ages and it gvae such tremendius joy!

Just like this amazing creature, let’s pause and gather our strength, we can succeed!

I love these three quotes on what I’ll call ‘the near success syndrome’ a.k.a failure. Life is so dynamic yet mysterious and sometimes, what we call failure could well be delay. My dad used to say that the fear of failure mostly propelled him to succeed. He did failed miserably in some aspects of his life, but he succeeded in several as well. To ignore failure or looming failure, we must have courage. Courage is also borne out of the ability to build on one’s failure and squeeze success out of it, Abraham Lincoln failed continuously before he became the celebrated figure most people adore today.

I also believe that dreams have a way of taunting us if we don’t do much about it, I don’t think losing or failing should discourage or cut our enthusiasm short. Succinctly put, don’t give up! There’s more to learn from failing than not attempting something in the first place. I also believe that success derived from failure is the sweetest of all.

I don’t why I’m writing this, but if it touches someone to continue living and not give up on their dreams, then I’m happy.

NP: I’m still hard at work writing my books, it’s not as fast I would have loved but it’s still worth it. I’ll still ensure I visit all your blogs as time permits. I appreciate your friendship and visits guys, thank you!

I hope everyone would enjoy the rest of this great week!!

Much love, always. 🙂

40 comments on “Failure Is Not Terminal!

  1. This is another outstanding post Seyi. ‘Failure is not terminal,’ I love that phrase. The key to success, like you rightly described, is to forge ahead and never give up. Life is not a fairy tale, great things comes to those who persevere. Just don’t stop writing, we’ll still be here when you finish on those new books!
    Enjoy the rest of your week too!

  2. Great quotes, Seyi! Keep writing, my friend. 🙂

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    I believe that we learn more from our mistakes than our successes – also so the way from failure to success is more fun than the way from success to failure – you know, easy come easy go… 🙂

    Best wishes, dear you… 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right my friend, we do learn more from our mistakes, and on a personal note; I’ll rather proceed from my mistakes to success than the other way round!
      Appreciates your visit! 🙂
      Blessings. 🙂

  4. Ste J says:

    whilst failures are hard, I think they also offer perspectives and sometimes opportunities for things we didn’t imagine. If life would have been different, had I made different choices, I probably wouldn’t have ended up with a blog and that would have been terrible.

    Failure is never really a failure if you learn something, I try and see positives in all my failures then I can rename them happy accidents lol.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I think I really like your thought on this, ‘happy accidents.’ I can’t imagine a worse scenario if you don’t have a blog! You’re right, failure isn’t one if you learnt something.
      I’ve learnt a lot from my past mistakes; and in a way, I’m fortified against any future occurrences. I’ve learnt my lessons.
      Glad you could stop by! 🙂

  5. Keep writing dear Sandra. 🙂

  6. kirizar says:

    I think I need to hire you as my guru; I need daily reminders not to quit trying.

  7. RoSy says:

    Nice to “see” you dear Seyi Sandra. 🙂

  8. Luanne says:

    Years ago I read a pop philosophy book that argued that the big successes in the world each had a huge failure before they could succeed. I thought that was interesting. It does put a premium on success, but it makes one feel better about the failures.

  9. eightdecades says:

    Nice posting me failure does not exist, only the absence of success and a need to define that place.Without that place success would have no value as all would be the same.

    I like that you wrote and quoted on this topic as I too have had many not successful conclusions to undertakings but am still working to fix some of them.

    As usual it is a good and well written post.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your visit and kind comment. I like your take on that, ”to me failure does not exist, only the absence of success and a need to define that place. Without that place success would have no value as all would be the same.” The big draw for me is the fact that you said you’re still working to fix some of your undertakings and I hope you’ll succeed in all you do. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
      Much love and blessings to you.

  10. reocochran says:

    I aM having a hard time writing in this tiny space, Seyi. When I See Posts where this happens I always wonder how they went awry . I belive in resilience and what someone does after a loss or failure. Awesome quotrs. Hope you can read this. 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I always find it difficult to visit blogs and write comments on my phones too, I prefer laptops. I read it all right. Thanks for your kind comments.
      Blessings. 🙂

      • reocochran says:

        Thank you for not deleting the first comment but feel free to get rid of the other.:)
        Hoping you and yours are well and enjoying more successes than failures. I liked your choices of quotes, Seyi.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thanks for all the comment, I don’t think I should delete any of your comments, they are words spoken from a friend and I treasure each dearly. Appreciate your visit, love and regards to you and your family!
        🙂 🙂

  11. reocochran says:

    I aM having a hard time writing in this tiny space, Seyi. When I See Posts where this happens I always wonder how they went awry . I belive in resilience and what someone does after a loss or failure. Awesome quotrs. Hope you can read this. 🙂

  12. reocochran says:

    So sorry that believe was misspelled and a fee words transformed by wacky cell phone. Also quotes were fsntastic.

  13. Chelsea Brown says:

    Your post reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by JK Rowling. “It is impossible to live without failing at something; unless you’ve lived so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”
    To fail is to be human and to fail also means that you gave something your best effort. So try and try again, but never give up on your dreams and aspirations.

  14. Sherri says:

    Dear Seyi, thank you for such a poignant and powerful post. I have gone through phases of struggling with a strong sense of failure, but through writing I am resolved to keep plugging away and not give up. So much better to take the risk and go for it than not try at all. We must always hold onto our dreams and not give up. Never, never give up! Bless you dear one, much love to you and again thank you for your inspiration, encouragement and comfort you bring your readers 🙂 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for stopping by dear Sherri and reading through my ramblings. A friend once opined that failure in itself is just a chance to keep trying different ways to succeed. We all struggle with that I think. Pls keep writing and I look forward to when we’ll be able to launch your new book. We could get a place in London and invite all our blogging buddies in UK. I can’t stop planning!😎😎😍
      Do have a splendid week and much love to you and yours!😀

      • Sherri says:

        Wow Seyi, you give me so much hope! I didn’t expect to read this about launching my new book…just as I was starting to flag a bit, what you ‘ve just written came at the perfect time, you must have known! Thank you so much for such an amazing boost 😀 Just the thought of it gives me goosebumps! So I better get writing hadn’t I? 😀 And I love reading your ‘ramblings’ as you call them…you give so much of yourself in your beautiful writing and your gift to reach and bless so many with your honesty creates an oasis of calm and truth here.
        I hope your writing is going well my friend, even though I know you’ve had to put a go-slow on things for the time being. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop planning, yay 😀 😎 🙂
        Here’s to a splendid week for us both then dear friend…with much love and blessings back to you and I’m so glad I met you here ❤

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Dear Sherri, sincere apologies for my late reply. They delivered my charger on Wednesday and I’ve been neck-deep in the children department! (they’re on hols now and the house is like a war zone)
        I’m really happy you’re more invigorated, it happens to every writer. Time is so precious, sometimes, sitting down and writing requires nerves of steel and discipline – some of which I lack at the minute! 🙂
        Thanks for the vote of confidence on my ramblings, 🙂 that really helps. Yeah, let’s keep on planning, when we see it, we’ll touch it.
        Much love to you dear friend and enjoy the rest of the week! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Sherri says:

        ‘Nerves of steel and discipline’. You have that right Seyi!! I crumble in the face of these too many times! Oh I love this: ‘….when we see it, we’ll touch it…’ I’m going to make this my new mantra…it’s brilliant! Glad you got your charger at long last, and I am now sorted with my laptop too…phew! What a time of it for us both! I hope the war zone quietens down a little! I think of you enjoying a wonderful summer with your beautiful children. Oh I miss those days…such happy memories! Bless you my dear friend, much love and see you soon!!! 🙂 😀 ❤

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thanks my friend, I’ll be heading to your site now, the kids are busy downstairs and I can finally work on my books and site.
        Have a beautiful weekend!
        Much love. 🙂

      • Sherri says:

        PS And absolutely no need to apologise!!!

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thanks for that my friend! 🙂

  15. Nancy Mehuys says:

    Very beautiful pictures !!! I love the reflection 🙂

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