Be it the CEO of a company or president of a country, everyone will inevitably encounter failure at least once or twice in his entire life. It is therefore more critical for us to learn the proper attitude to address failure rather than blindly pursue success.
First of all, the cultivation of optimism far outweighs the happiness brought by success. Being happy when you achieve success is a human instinct whereas being happy even after a crushing defeat or failure is a completely different story. Gold medal Olympic winners, such as Liu xiang, bring success and glory to their countries and themselves with his outstanding performance in the track and field competition. However, after his ankle injury, Liu was forced to quit racing temporarily. Ankle injury, as everyone can imagine, could very probably bring an end to his future Olympic achievement and be a fatal frustration for any runners. Instead of giving up, Liu responded to this crisis with optimism, persisting in his treatment and rehab program.
Secondly, the blind pursuit of success is a behavior to be condemned. Needless to say, modern society has been too success-oriented. Despite the fact that success itself has nothing wrong inherently. Contemporary people have such over-obsession with success that they have little toleration for failure. Parents send their children to the top-notch universities, anxious for their future career success; Students toil over their homework and piles of textbooks, all endeavoring to be No. 1 in their academic performance. It is rare to see someone that doesn’t crave for success. In this national or even global mania with success, what we urgently need is to stop to rescrutinize the definition and true value of “success” and “failure”. Popular perception about success is outcompeting one’s counterparts by all means, whereas I believe, the ultimate definition of success should be self-improvement and making constant progresses. If so, people should not be disappointed at some pitfalls and setbacks they encounter, for they are all stepping-stones leading to a better “you”.
To conclude, failure does not necessarily represent shame and suggests that you are a loser. Instead, it enhances your abilities and better prepares you for a more fulfilling life. What’s more, the attitude of optimism is a lifelong asset that you can pick up from past experiences of failure.