I have been asked the question as a self-published author, How do you measure success and failure?
Success is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the correct or desired result of an attempt; favorable or desired outcome.
Failure is defined by Merriam-Webster as: omission of occurrence or performance; specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action.
Too often it seems people make up their own definition of success and failure for others and as a result so many people give up on their dreams and goals because of the misuse of these two words. If I have reached my goal then I have succeeded. If I haven’t, well, I won’t give up until I have. If I give up, then I have failed, and only then.
Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.”
Do not let others define your success for you. You are the only one who can define success for yourself. Be true to yourself and follow your dreams. It may not be easy, but believe me, it’s worth it!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost
“You can’t ask authentically and gracefully without truly being able to accept “No” for an answer. Because if you’re not truly willing to accept “No” for an answer, you’re not really asking, you’re demanding — you’re begging. At least, that’s how I’ve come to understand asking.”
“You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.”
― Stephen King, Night Shift
“We owe it to each other to tell stories.”
― Neil Gaiman
“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.”
― W. Somerset Maugham