“Man is not made for defeat… A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.”
-Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea
Statements such as these bear truth with an addendum; it is a choice man must make to not allow himself to be defeated. Too many people these days are eager to lie down once they meet resistance and take a loss. If God made us both wonderfully talented and tragically fearful at the same time, it’s a blessing we must embrace. Being defeated is a feeling you must accept, but it begs the question why would someone choose such a fate? Are our wills so weak that we’d subject ourselves to such failures? We must be better; we are built to be better. All we must do is accept loss and failure where they may strike then use them as motivation to endure until we can taste success once again. Success is only so sweet because failure builds our appetite.
“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.”