IF YOU DON’T TRY, YOU DON’T FAIL
A quote I saw in an advertisement video sometimes ago reads
"IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU NEVER FAIL"
A glance at it will most likely make you agree totally with it but with a closer look and understanding, you'll be forced to say it's wrong or at least, agree that it's an ambiguous statement(True as well as false).
To get it, let's paint the picture of a UTME candidate that didn't bother to write the exam can say 'I didn't fail the exam' because he doesn't even have a result to show if he passed or failed the exam.
Looking at the bigger picture, he isn't getting admitted into higher institution that year, he has failed.
Writing the exam, he could pass or fail but not writing it has guaranteed failure.
Avoiding 'little failures' by not trying will only lead to big ones.
I'll like to reframe the quote :
"If you don't try, you don't fail.
If you don't fail, you don't learn.
If you don't learn, you don't win/succeed."
Behind the visible successes, there are lots of trials, failures and disappointments, and guess what? Those are what make success worth it. If it was easy, everyone will do it.
If you give a try, you risk failure. If you don't try, you guarantee it.
Originally written on March 1st, 2021
Ezekiel Olalekan Akinnibosun
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