Failure vs. Success

Failure is the result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. Its most dangerous attribute is subtlety. Little errors accumulate without consequence to capture our attention, thus we drift from one day to the next, repeating the errors, thinking the wrong thoughts, listening to the wrong voices and making the wrong choices.

If the sky had fallen on us when our first error in judgment occurred, we would have taken immediate steps to ensure the act would not be repeated. Unfortunately, failure does not shout to us as our parents once did. This is why it is imperative to refine our philosophy in order to be able to make better choices. With a powerful personal philosophy guiding us, we become more aware of our errors in judgment and more aware that each error really does matter.

The formula to overcome failure and transform it into success is: a few simple disciplines practiced every day.

Both success and failure involve future consequences, the inevitable rewards, or the unavoidable regrets resulting from past activities. So, the question is, why don’t more people take the time to ponder the future? The answer: The problems and rewards of today are so absorbing that we never pause long enough to really think about tomorrow.

If we did take a few minutes everyday to look a little further down the road, we would then be able to foresee the consequences of our current conduct. Armed with that valuable information, we would be able to take the necessary action to change our errors into new “success oriented” disciplines. In other words, amend our errors and develop new habits to replace the old.

The empowering magic of this is the ability to mend our thinking, thus, the first day of a new life leading to a better future.


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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.