Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
– Winston Churchill (Source: Friends Mark and Zach posted this)

I believe that a key attribute of success is indeed the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

But I believe Mr. Churchill left out an important part of the equation. If success was simply the direct result of enthusiastically shrugging off repeated failure until one finally overcomes it and achieves their goals, then why are so many supposedly “successful” people so miserable?

Failures don’t guarantee success. Nor does overcoming them. If one’s efforts and actions are not aligned with their vision, heart, and spirit, I believe that success is unlikely no matter how many failures are enthusiastically shrugged off.

But I would be unlikely to bet against anyone once their actions, words, vision, heart, and spirit became aligned no matter how many prior failures they experienced.


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and the beauty of kindness and nature.
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3 Responses to Alignment

  1. No failures don’t guarantee success some people just continue to fail and still be happy not because they are failing but because they keep trying and it is the trying that keeps them active and happy

    • russtowne says:

      Good point, Joanne. Might one even go so far as to say they are successful in their repeated failures if what they’re doing brings to them lasting happiness? ;-D!


  2. Andrea Kelly says:

    I completely agree, Russ! Great point!

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