“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Today we have some questions to pose on ourselves regarding success and failure.
Q1: What does success mean to me?
Success is ever changing, it’s never one thing. When I was growing up, it seemed like it was going to college, finding an internship, graduating college, finding a good job, and buying a house. If that were true, I would be the epitome of success but it’s so much more than that. I have been successful thus far in life but I have been measuring it wrong. Last year if you asked me why I’m successful, it was because of my job and the purchases I could make because of my job. This year I’m successful because I had that AH-HA moment to help me realize what I should value in life and ever since we have lived a more meaningful life. We made a website, we’re driving towards new goals of paying down debt and getting rid of things we don’t need to help others who do need. If we can hit our 360in365 goal, impact other people’s lives with items, sell some of our items to help pay down additional debt, and grow our relationships with family and friends we truly care about; this would be the epitome of success for us this year.
Q2: What does failure mean to me?
“Failure is not an option” – Gene Kranz
Well, yes it is an option but it’s what you do with it. I have and I’m sure all of us have failed at something in life. I’m still not sure how I passed my World Cultures class with Mr. DiLeo 1st period freshman year in high school. I thought this would be the end of me. Every morning there was random pop quizzes on reading or current events. To this day, I still think about that class, it still gives me some anxiety and I will always say that was my hardest class I have ever taken. If I passed that class, I knew I can tackle anything and it set me up for the rest of my education.
Then moving on to electrical engineering in college, Freshman year Physics, Sophomore year Modern Physics, Junior year Controls and Differential Equations, and Senior year Robotics. There were some failed quizzes mixed in with my overall successful college career. I always had the fear of failure in mind but to me it wasn’t an option, so I worked my butt off. Shout out to my Mom too, she always supported me and helped me with school and I also had the fear of telling her my test scores, from grade school to even in college… lol. A mixture of tough love and keeping possible failure in the back of my head is what helped me succeed in my hardships. Don’t let failures define you, instead be defined by overcoming those failures.
Item 054 of 360+
Today’s item is a shirt from a high school volleyball tournament. It’s a fun memory but I no longer wear or need the shirt. Megatron #22 will live on for Delaney’s Decepticons on this blog now. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and other Autobots can finally rest easy knowing this shirt won’t be around anymore.