Reflect on this quote: "Only who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly."Reflect on this quote: "Only who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly."

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To me, this is a very true statement.  It is very much like the adage that "nothing ventured, nothing gained."  The idea behind both sayings is that if you do not try big things, you cannot achieve big things.  At the same time, of course, you have to be ready to accept that you will fail in a big way.

The only way to achieve great things is to push yourself.  You have to shoot for goals that do not seem to be easily within reach.  You have to be willing to admit to yourself that you really want these things that will not be easy to get.

It is much easier to settle for small things.  If you do not set your sights so high, you are much less likely to fail.  Failure does not feel good and so many people do not want to risk it.  However, if you do not risk failing, you cannot achieve anything that is outside your comfort range.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The life of Donald Trump is testimony to the verity of this quote.  Three times this man has been financially ruined, yet he came back each time from failure to regain his wealth.  When the disgraced Richard Nixon was asked what he wanted to be his epithet, he replied that he wanted people to consider not how people failed, but what they did with their failures, for this is what proves the mettle of people.

Those who dare to fail greatly are those who have much confidence in their abilities.  And, it is always belief in oneself that leads to success.  So, for them the "great dare" is really not so insurmountable since they do not even entertain the idea that they will fail--it is only others who do.  And, when they do, on occasion, fail, they still have the confidence to rise and succeed again.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like the quote a great deal.  A variation of it was used in a very poignant moment in the Mira Nair film, "Monsoon Wedding."  It worked well there and works well here. The idea of seeking to do great things despite great risk is the composition of greatness.  One need only look at historical examples to see individuals who sought dared to see what others did not in order to accomplish greatness.  I think of Lincoln's daring vision to stand up against the South in order to maintain the Union as one such example of an individual who risked great failure to achieve a sense of greatness.  The statement seeks to eliminate fear and a sense of reticence in human action and I think in stressing the need to be great, one must take risk and do what others might lack the courage to do.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm always struck by the absolute confidence of those who fail big but go on to achieve great success.  There is an air about them which some might call arrogance, but I've come to the conclusion that it's more like a simple necessity to keep trying--it's just in them.  These are usually the visionary types, people who have great dreams and ideas; I find them to be among the most optimistic people I've ever met.  They seem to see what could be in all things, and I think it's that optimism which makes them ultimately successful at achieving great things.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess when I think about all the proudest moments of my own life, or times when someone else really impressed me, it always followed some great risk.  It also seems like the times in my life that I've been the most satisfied were JUST AFTER going through what at the time I might have called "the hardest thing" ever.

Somehow I think we are just wired this way.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nothing ventured, nothing gained is of similar if not identical philosophy. The essential truth of this is that we will not go forward if we do not challenge ourselves with new learning and experiences. To quote another perspective if you keep doing what you've always done, you're going to keep getting what you've always got.