“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett
I have always loved this quote. It acknowledges the predominance of failure along with the crucial importance of tenacity. From the early explorers, to Abraham Lincoln, to Thomas Edison and countless other examples, world history teaches us that the ability to fail repeatedly without giving up has been the foundation on which all human progress has been built.
As we close out another year and look back on our blessings and disappointments, let’s remember that our resolutions for the coming year must be fortified by the understanding that very little, if anything, will come easily. May we all enter 2013 willing to fail better; to remain steadfast in our attempts at improvement and to be content, when necessary, with gradual steps in the right direction.