when you feel like a failure

Don’t quit, fight one more round

When things go wrong
as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging
seems all uphill.
When the funds are low
and the debts are high.
You want to smile
but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing
you down a bit.
Rest, if you must
but never quit.
Life is queer
with its twists and turns
As every one of us
sometimes learns.
Many a failure turns about
when he might have won
if he had stuck it out.
Stick to your task
though the pace seems slow.
You may succeed
with one more blow.
Success is failure
turned inside out.
The silver tint of
the clouds of doubt.
You never can tell how
close you are.
It may be near when
it seems afar.
So stick to the fight
when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worst

Author unknown

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
― Winston Churchill

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
― Theodore Roosevelt

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
― Henry David Thoreau

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
― Henry Ford


The mind is such an interesting thing don’t you think?  I read this great book last year “The Untethered Soul”, and when I have more time I hope to write more about it.  Indeed, I’d like to read it again. Basically, it talks about the chatter in your mind. We all do it but we all do it differently depending on our upbringing and our experiences throughout life.  I have been working on quieting the negative chatter and trying to live in the moment, but it’s not always easy.  A day starting off with a migraine, a co-worker’s very loud fan, a looming deadline can all cause your day to go to hell.  And so try, try again the next day.  I think the trick is to push those things out of your mind as they happen.  Not the easiest thing to do, especially if you’re me :)

This post is a bit vague on purpose as I can’t go into detail about why I put it together.  “Don’t quit, fight one more round” has been with me since my teens.  I’ve read it countless times and it’s a source of comfort and courage for me to keep going.  To keep reaching towards that goal that will have an end eventually.  God willing, it will be soon.  Until then, this survivor has to keep chugging along.  I hope to write more about this later.  For now, please enjoy one of my favorite poems and some quotes about success.  Because success is failure turned inside out after all.

Peace out………..


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16 responses to “when you feel like a failure

  1. Wise words and how I love purple flowers :)

  2. Those are great words of encouragement!! Keep them with you as you carry on. :)

  3. Toby, well said and it cannot be said enough. I wrote a post a few months back quoting Michael Jordan and others. “I succeed because I have failed.” We all fail. I was reminded of the recent commencement speaker who told the graduates, you will all fail at something. Everyone does. It is how you respond that makes all the difference. Thanks, BTG

  4. This is an inspirational poem. Something we can start each day with. Thank you for sharing. :-D

  5. We have all different fights … and hurdles in life – I don’t think any of us what to give up … but sometimes the fight doesn’t feel worth it … and I can’t blame anyone that don’t want to fight anymore, it doesn’t mean they have failure.
    Really like your poem.

  6. Love the poem, Tobyo. So many times I’ve been there, and you just never know when that road ahead is going to dip you back down again.
    I just came to give you a big hug! :) Good times, along with the bad.

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