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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Failure: Requisite for success

I have been continually fascinated by success. By what is is, how our views and beliefs about ourselves and the world shape it, and most importantly, how we obtain it. It involves a great deal of self-analysis, goal setting, planning, and of course work. But there is an important aspect involved in the process of becoming whatever it is that we desire to be that causes us to fail. It causes us to fear our potential. That is failure.

   For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by reason of transgression; and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord.
 Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement—save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. -2 Nephi 9

Even in God's great eternal plan, some form of transgression was necessary. A fall was requisite. Failure provides us with an opportunity to change, to repent. The most successful people in the world didn't quit when they failed. They found something they loved and cherished so dearly they would fight through failure to achieve it . Putting failure in it's proper context, as a means by which we proceed to success, then it makes our mistakes learning experiences. It allows us to change, and allows us to let others change.

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