Does failure really exist?

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” — Henry Ford.

Some time ago in Lagos, Nigeria, coming from church trying to get home, I entered a bus. Almost reaching my stop, the bus conductor asked me for his fare and I told him with a staright face in our local dialect “I do not have any money”. The strangest thing happened next — even though i was speaking very fluently in his first language, the man didn't understand what I was saying. I kept repeating myself, and he kept asking people around him what I was saying. The other passengers around him echoed what I had said, but this man still couldn't understand.

What happened here was simple, he just couldn't comprehend the fact that a passenger would enter his bus and then tell him they had no money.

Then it occured to me that the same way hearing “I don’t have my fare” from a passenger didnt exist in his dictionary was the same way failure doesn't exist in my dictionary. I just can't comprehend it. The same way his brain couldn't process a passenger saying they don't have their fare is the same way my brian can't comprehend failure.

Winston Churchill once said “success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”.

As an entrepreneur, failure for me is a step forward, and not backward, an opportunity to do better, a chance to start over more intelligently. So if failure is only an INEVITABLE part of success, does it really exist?

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