"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another
with no loss of enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
British prime minister during World War II
Many of us know enough about Winston to know that he put the emphasis on "enthusiasm" when he said this, not on "failure."
In fact, he reportedly had a penchant for saying "we must just keep buggering on" whenever the going got rough, which happened with remarkable frequency during the war.
I think the intuitive element in this epigram is the acceptance of "failure" occurring more or less every bit as often as "success" comes our way, two steps forward, one step back, that sort of thing…it is constructive to keep this in mind, and it does make a material contribution to a reasonably durable connection with reality….
If you incline toward rushing pell-mell to the finish line with the winner's smile already on your face, you should open up that old dictionary and check the word "hubris"……
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