No one likes to fail. Absolutely, no one! At first blush, failure may seem like a ton of wasted time, energy and material resources in engagements that yield no value whatsoever. People also tend to perceive failure as a result of character deficits, feeble efforts, unreasonable goals, poor planning and execution, or sheer bad luck. While it is true that these factors are plausible causes and effects of failure; not many people, however, see failure as stepping stones or opportunities for growth.
As the distinctive barriers between cultures, religion, careers, ethnicities go progressively blur due to our world becoming more globalised and interconnected; the tendency to tilt towards extremism (choosing one or the other) becomes more luring. We are influenced by a constant influx of widely varied ideologies and beliefs which can either positively or negatively shape the outcomes of our lives- for the better or worse.
Whilst performing my daily ritual of scouring around for new information, I came across an article by Bill Gates on his favourite book of all time: Enlightenment now In summary, the author argues that the world is far better than it used to be and we surely are progressing than 21st century intellectuals think. He espouses the disconnect between the facts on hand and the underlying perception fuelled by everyday news which emphasise that we’re regressing – world poverty, death, gender, societal values, justice etc. As an optimist, myself, I couldn’t agree more. I consider myself very lucky to be alive and this underlying belief could fuel your motivation to prosper as it does mine. Think about it; access to books, thoughts, tools, information, knowledge, people, technology, jobs, nature has never been so within reach.