The Relationship between Success and Failure

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Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts,” reminds me of the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness. This movie was based on the life of Chris Gardner which was played by Will Smith. In this movie, it shows Chris, a hard-working single parent, along with his son experiencing the adversities of what life has to offer.

Struggles such as when they were forced to live in places like the public restroom at a railway station, a park bench, homeless shelters, etc.

because he was unable to pay rent. Chris made a living selling bone density scanners, while taking on an unpaid internship as a stock broker, a seemingly impossible goal because he needs to outperform the other interns to be able to get paid.

However, he did not give in to despair. He worked through the difficulties that were given to him to create a better life for him and his son which is all he wanted in the first place.

Hence, when his training finally ended, and he starts to earn a living, they began renting a home. Later, when he opens his investment firm, it was extremely successful, and he became one of the richest people in the world. Yes, failure is not fatal, but it is something everyone is afraid of. It can cause so much pain that can deplete a person mentally, physically, and spiritually, especially when problems come crashes down on a person at one point in his/her life.

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When Chris and his boy have no choice, but to sleep in the public bathroom, you see Chris begin to cry because he feels he has hit rock bottom.

One thing people do not realize is that failure is the stepping stone toward success; but that is only if people have the courage to accept their failure and use it to become better in the future. Failing is not the end of the road it is the beginning, just like what Robert F. Kennedy said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” By continuing to try and to not giving in, one can turn failure into a success. Being successful makes people feel accomplished, respected, and very happy.

Towards the end of the movie, Chris run up to his son at the day care center tearing up, not because he was sad, but because he was happy that he would be able to give his son a better life. Life gives you all these challenges to overcome, and whether you succeed or fail, all that matters is that you realize it’s not fatal or final and that you continue courageously.

Cited Sources

  1. “Robert Kennedy.” Wind and Fly LTD, 2019. 01 February 2019.

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