According to Dictionary.com.
What does it mean to fail?
1. Not finishing a marathon run?
2. 1st attempt at baking a pizza and your family told you the taste can be better?
3. You have a digital campaign and it didn’t get 1million impressions?
4. Cancer hits you?
None of the above is failure. You can’t finish a marathon, it’s okay. As long as you understand why you couldn’t finish it, and learn what you can do better to finish a marathon the next time.
1st time baking a pizza, congratulations! You succeeded at your first attempt in making a pizza. Improving on the taste is a constant process, you just get better and better. Would you still call every previous attempt a failure?
You didn’t get 1 million impressions for your digital campaign. So? The campaign was held, and from planning to execution, it’s all hard work, at least you got it out. But you didn’t hit KPI, you say. You are a failure if you don’t evaluate how you can do better to get 1 million impressions the next time, maybe 2 million for the next one.
Who can stop/prevent illness like cancer striking you out of the blue? You are not a failure even if you lose the battle to the illness. The most important thing here is being able to face up to the harsh realities and challenge the odds.
My perception of success and failure evolve as I grow older. Instead of seeing it as a failure, (and beating myself up over it) I am beginning to see the other side of life. What’s the point of crying? You cannot change what has happened. What you can do is chin up, think what you can do so you will get nearer to achieving what you want the next time.
You are not a failure.