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Why Our Definition of Failure is All Wrong

Why Our Definition of Failure is All Wrong

These are the words of Jay Shetty a Motivational Philosopher

I am convinced that there’s no such thing as an overnight success. I believe it’s a fallacy, a myth to believe that overnight, in 24 hours, that someone can turn into a worldwide phenomenon.


Once a lady was in a marketplace and she saw Picasso and she went up to Picasso and said, “Picasso, can you draw me a portrait?” and he said, “Sure I’ll draw you a portrait”. He reached for a pen and paper, and he – in 30 seconds – sketched an identical portrait of this lady , and handing it back to her he said “That’ll cost you $30,000,” and she replied, she said “Picasso, how can you charge me $30,000? That took you 30 seconds.”He said, “It took me 30 years to be able to do that in 30 seconds.”

The Definition of Failure

And its amazing how that time, that unforgotten, that invisible world beyond the bottom of the iceberg underneath the water the part that you don’t see is actually what made what you see today possible.

When you look at the definition of failure in the English Dictionary it’s defined by three words: lack of success, but that means we don’t value learning, it means we don’t value growth. It means we don’t value experience and struggle and our obsession with winning means that we’re actually letting go of all of that which we could be learning at every single point.

Since I was a young boy, I’ve been enamoured with stories of failure from biographies and autobiographies, and books about people who changed the world and books about people who changed other people’s worlds.

Walt Disney

There was a young cartoonist and all the editors and newspaper journalists said that he lacked natural talent. They rejected him and after countless rejections it was actually a church minister who gave him an opening to start drawing little cartoons in the back of the church, in this small shed. And this gentleman, he once saw a mouse, running around and, believe it or not, that was the birth of Mickey Mouse. That was Walt Disney, that cartoonist who went on to win 22 Academy Awards.

Oprah Winfrey

Imagine this lady was told that she wasn’t fit for television. She was told that she would never make it online, or on TV. Her name’s Oprah Winfrey. She became the most influential woman in the world.

Abraham Lincoln

This has to be my favourite failure story of all time. I mean, his fiancé died, he failed in business, he had a nervous breakdown, and on top of all that he failed and lost in eight elections. He went on to be the 16th President of the United States of America. His name is Abraham Lincoln.

Final Thoughts

I actually believe that failure has the ability to lure success. Countless failures are almost doorkeepers to success and every time you walk through one door, the gate gets bigger and the lock gets tighter, and it gets that much more difficult because we are being tested for our genuineness and our authenticity and our real desire to chase that goal, our real desire to actually embody the values that are needed to almost take responsibility for that success, to take responsibility for that position, and the influence it brings with it.

And therefore, if you have never failed, you’ve never really tried anything new.

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Hello there | I am Ave Kernyan | Founder of Aves Business | Self driven entrepreneur and business management consultant | DIY Junkie | Over 10 ye ....

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