Mark Twain once said “it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.” He sure had something more to convey than what the casual eye might gather.
I often wonder why do we all fancy success? I don’t necessarily need to ask this question to the wealthy bloke at Wall Street, the startup hacker, a sensational porn star, or, Obama or Clinton for that matter. Why do we fancy winning over losing? It’s like skipping a step on the ladder, learning to walk before we learn to crawl. And I’m gradually starting to believe that its got nothing to do with a social propaganda, or a “that’s-how-it-is” sense of hibernation.
If success is so important to us then why do we take decisions that are fundamentally incorrect more than often. If success was so important to all of us, then a general sense of human behavor dictates that we all would be taking the best of the decisions without much contemplation. If success is what we all were destined to accomplish, all the time, then genetically we should have been smart enough to take the best decisions in order to succeed, all the time. Clearly, failure is the best option. Maybe the best option, to gain success. You lose, you learn, you gain.
In one of the scenes of the sci-fi movie “War of the Worlds”, when the aliens are investigating the junk in the basement, one of them intriguingly plays with a bicycle wheel. As per the book on which this film is based, it is tied to the fact that with all the advanced technology the aliens possess, they don’t use any wheels. The alien life form had skipped the invention of the wheel. What a failure for an advanced alien race to have skipped such a revolutionary invention. What next, skipping baked bread, or an umbrella.
In a stunning reversal of more than 200 years of conventional wisdom, failure — traditionally believed to be an unacceptable outcome for a wide range of tasks and goals — is now increasingly seen as a viable alternative to success …
I don’t feel like encashing my $10 lottery ticket anymore.