Reality sits unchangeable, figuratively “set in stone”. However, your perception of it remains changeable.
Too much, others strive for an ambitious goal, fall short of it, and harshly fault himself/herself for failure. By changing perspectives, one’s hopes, moods, evaluations, and mindsets will positively (or negatively) be influenced.
The first rule of entrepreneurship demands a bold demeanor, being capable of staring down risk and accepting potential failure. An intrepid personality, always remaining valiant in endeavors, efforts and experimentation, allows the opportunity for a diversity of experiences, with those experiences teaching with failure as the core competency.
Failure at a glance holds the illusion of no success– a defeat without retribution. Change the perspective and learn from the experience, ultimately welcoming failure. Did you die? With a drop of resilience, failure acts ultimately as a blessing. As ambitious as you are, accepting defeat is obsolete, leaving you striving for something better. Moving forward, whatever it may be, that failure plays part to the next success; whatever caused failure originally is taken into account, resulting in better implementation preceding the failure.
An acquaintance of mine, Matt, explained to me his intention to attend Stanford out of high school. Even after filling his schedule with rigorous AP courses, challenging extra-curricular activities, and dragging late-nights studying in pursuit of receiving that glorious acceptance letter, Stanford rejected his application, leaving him broken and distraught. Concurrently, he applied to his second choice, was accepted, and now attends Berekely, holding a 4.0 and laying the foundation of a promising career. He elaborated on his change of perspective a month after receiving his rejection notice. He showed no despair, accepting the unchangeable fact, learning from it, and acting accordingly. He realized his efforts, while although extraordinary, failed to meet Stanford’s standard of admittance, leaving him with the realization of needing to work harder and still strive for something greater at his still-amazing, second choice school– a sun ray of hope in a storm of despair, foreshadowing the spectacle of a brighter day.
An entrepreneur’s change of perspective shows failure as useful experience; Matt’s change of perspective led him out of grief to something better than originally imagined.
Change your perspective. Find your rationale. There’s reason to be content all around us, we just need to find it.