When we’re working on something and it doesn’t work out, sometimes we not only think to ourselves, “I failed this time,” we think, “I’m a failure.”
It’s common and maybe even natural to think that way, yet it is also untrue and detrimental to overall success. We compare ourselves to people who have excelled in the area in which we are pursuing, and think that we will never achieve what they did.
Rabbi Pinchas Taylor reminds us that we sometimes tend to see successful people in their final state. We forget that the most accomplished people in history, also had their own share of failures and bumps along the way. We must remember that no matter how many mistakes we’ve made, we must not let them devalue our worth as a person. Let’s let our positive attitude, not our circumstances or our past failings define how we view ourselves.