“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
This quote by Winston Churchill can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. Whether we are talking about success in our career, lives, or passions we pursue, this quote is extremely relevant.
As an educator I sometimes find myself being caught up in what others, faculty, think of me. While this is important, it is not the end all be all of my job. The students I serve are who matter to me. Their opinions of me mean more to me than anything. Their ability to feel safe, comfortable, wanted, and a sense of accomplishment in my room are what matter. I am in the business of education. Education of young people. People who are beginning to form their identities. They are in a confusing time in their lives. With friends, with family, with life in general. I choose to be that guide through a difficult time in their lives. Someone to look up to, to be a confidant, and to be a mentor.
I try and approach my life in this way. I try to learn from those around me and to not measure success in tangible ways sometimes. At times, we find ourselves looking for an answer. When in fact the question we have developed is the real success. When we question things, we are analyzing the world around us. This is why I use fishing as a metaphor for life. What worked for me today? is a good question. But an even better question is, What didn’t work for me today? Approach your life in a way that you move forward from your successes and get better, reflect on your failures and get better, and always realize there is something to learn, even when we consider ourselves successful.