Nothing helps you achieve like screwing up first. Bob Dylan - often wise, often totally incomprehensible - was on the money when he wrote: "There's no success like failure and failure's no success at all."
Failing, and the chance to learn from one's mistakes, is the making of the man (women are a little more complicated). It is said to build backbone, strength of character; the chance to cultivate one's self. Sparky inventor Thomas Edison was never disillusioned when his bright ideas didn't work. "I haven't failed. I've found 1,000 ways that don't work," he is reported to have said.
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