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Failure Breeds Success
January 22, 2007, 4:58 pm
Filed under: School Papers

“Failure breeds success.” The author of this proverb should be praised highly for his knowledge and wisdom.

This statement means that people can learn from past mistakes that they or others have made. If we examine past errors, we can not only prevent them from happening again, but change them to success.

Just as a writer has to review and edit his work, finding and correcting mistakes, so we should review our own actions and, like the writer, find and correct mistakes. By contrast, if the writer did not review his paper, there may be many errors in content, structure, and grammar. In the same way, our lives will be more flawed if we do not realize and learn from our errors.

Consider Abraham Lincoln. He failed many times as a politician, but, rather than give up as a result of his failures, he learned from his mistakes, and went on to become President of the United States.

Samuel Smile, Scottish author and reformer who wrote many biographies, once said, “It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.”

We, like Abraham Lincoln, should examine our failures, that we may learn from and correct them.


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