It can be defined in a number of different ways.
The first definition of failure in the dictionary is “lack of success.”
The second definition of failure in the dictionary is “the omission of expected or required action.”
There are more definitions of failure in the dictionary and although they have close meanings, just a few different words can change the meaning of a word completely.
Looking at the first two definitions of failure it seems to me that those two definitions are quite different.
Personally I don’t believe “lack of success” is an accurate definition of failure because success can also be defined in countless ways. A lot of people consider having lots of money equals success but many people are born into wealth…Are they successful?
For me, the second definition of failure seems more accurate: “The omission of expected or required action.” This definition is more accurate because it tells me that failure is not doing what one knows they should do in order to achieve something. This definition is accurate to me even though successful people fail from time to time. The one thing they don’t do is fail for good. They persist through failure. They see failure as a lesson to learn from instead of a barrier.
It really is okay to fail. And it’s okay to give up too. It’s all okay. But can you accept giving up in pursuit of something you haven’t achieved yet?
Pursuing a dream will involve failures. You choose if they are temporary or fatal failures. Your real choices show up in your actions.
It truly is okay either way. The world will go on with or without us. The real question is, will you go on with or without your dream?