Let’s be realistic here, the most successful people you may know have been associated with failure, setbacks, and embarrassment at some point. Wasit not Steve Jobs who was wildly successful yet failed numerously and badly? Or is it Michael Jordan who self-admittedly failed time again and again? From Wall Street to K Street, the story of success is often associated with failure and defeat. The logic is simpler than it is often expressed. Whether one buys a lottery ticket, chooses to go to school, invests in an economic vehicle or decides to run for an elected office, there is always a risk associated with the choice. However, one thing common to all the successful people in their fields is their determination to see their mission accomplished. Failure was always a possibility, but defeat was never an option. Success is therefore a product of risk. To succeed we must never be willing to accept the alternative. The plight of defeat must be big enough to drive us to higher levels of determination and focus. It is reasonable, therefore, to state that the logic of success is deviance against status quo and the fear of defeat. The determination to endure failure after failure and the presence of mind to keep the eyes on the prize is what bears that success. The question here is not whether you can succeed but how much success you want. The beauty of success is that it is a choice and like all choices it has consequences. Money is normally a consequence of success, but rarely part of the main equation.
Jeff Kaluyu, Ph.D.