Trying and Succeeding

When did people begin exaggerating the difference between trying and succeeding?

Creating a wedge between honest effort and the hopeful result.

The growing viewpoint that something is not worth doing unless one knows he can succeed in the endeavor, wrongly measures “success” only by the intended result.

It fails to recognize effort and growth as the successes they are, and it doesn’t allot for the doors we unlock, unexpectedly, along the way.

When a set goal is not reached, we need to ask ourselves “was this worth the effort even though I didn’t succeed in the way I hoped and planned?”

The point is not the answer to this question but realizing that this is always a question worth asking.


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