Success Is Not Failure Essay

812 Words May 8th, 2012 4 Pages
Success Is Not Final, Failure Is Not Fatal

What is failure? William Zinsser doesn’t believe that just because you drop out, doesn’t mean you just failed the toughest class you would ever take called life. Confucius once said, “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Just like Zinsser Confucius also thought that one’s success doesn’t have to depend on working hard it could also depend on failing at something that doesn’t work. There’s rarely such a thing as failure usually it’s success at finding what doesn’t work.

William Zinsser was a writing professor at Yale University in the 1970. William Zinsser was also a writer, columnist, editor, and critic. William Zinsser
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“Obviously the colleges don’t have more than a partial answer-otherwise the young would not be so disaffected with an education that they consider vapid.” Zinsser writes (237). For example, not getting accepted into the college of one’s dreams. College doesn’t need to define who you are you need to define who you are. College is only a partial answer to what one is trying to discover. You are the only person who can define you, college is not the definition of you just a partial definition. One’s failures don’t define oneself, and ones success’s doesn’t define oneself. Once one defines who one is, one will come out a stronger person. In addition, I’d rather be a failure at something I love then a success at something I hate.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. Once you find what you love to do the world will come to you. “Writers, playwrights, painters, and composers work in the expectation of periodic defeat, but they wouldn’t keep going back into the arena if they thought it was the end of the world. For an artist-and perhaps for anybody-it is the only way to grow.” Zinsser writes (237). You have to find what you love to do, and don’t settle, even if that means failing. In life we all have that moment of periodic defeat, and one can choose one of two options; count their loses and try again, or

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