Wonderful video of a few famous failures:
People only ever really riff on failure if they later became successful — failure isn’t very interesting unless it leads down the same path as success. Success stories are inspiring, especially if you’re failing (or have recently failed) at something. To wit, they are motivational, hopeful, empathetic.
They are also oversimplified quantizations of reality that tend to resolve to somewhat predictable buckets of low and high points. They are more story than anything else, and story is a most addictive form of crack-cocaine-for-the-soul for us human-types — it’s pretty much wired right into us.
Ultimately I find the most interesting (and most difficult) thing about failure and success is how they are redefined when they’re happening. Success is a standard and failure is a function of success that, well, failed. But the standard is often redefined, by re-writing the function to, well, not fail. The real heart of the success/failure thing is not the story as it unfolded but as it unfolds. It’s a matter of granularity. Be in the moment, and the dichotomous, binary Hollywood film script you use to analyze your life fades away, unimportant. Be in the moment, and you steer your ship up top, on deck, instead of down below with a compass and a map. Be in the moment, and you get better at trusting yourself. Be in the moment, and do.