Positive Quote: “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.” – Mike Ditka
This quote reminds me of lots of things.
Have you ever been driving (before GPS) and you know where you are going, you looked at a map and think you know how to get there. Yet, after awhile has passed you haven’t seen the sign for the turn you are looking for and you start second guessing yourself? You start asking yourself if you passed it already, or maybe your on the wrong road, or you tell yourself you’ll give it another ½ mile or so and then turn around and see if you can find it or find someone to help you. To me this is like the quote, it is not having the courage or the trust in yourself to continue. Who knows, that turn may have been just a few hundred feet away.
Or… do you know someone who has succeeded at something; maybe a big project and they stop and rest. Then for several months they talk of nothing else but their past success. You want to be positive for them, yet you also want to nudge them to the next project. Are they experiencing fear of future failure?
Or… the person who fails at something they really tried at and now they are hesitant to get back and try again. How many times should they keep trying? Is this fear of repeated failure?
How does a person define success? How does a person define courage?
I think it depends on the person. For each person the definitions are different and unique to them.
For example: for me courage was leaving Texas in my early, early twenties and moving across country to North Carolina alone and to a place where I knew no one. For others, courage can mean getting out of bed and facing the day. For others, courage can be that firefighter going into a burning building over and over again to help people. Courage takes all shapes and forms… we just have to keep going.
What does this quote mean for you?
Have a terrific Tuesday and let’s enjoy the fall weather.