那五個畫面的秘密 (The Secrets of the Five Pictures) is an inspiring book that I’ve just finished reading. This was written by 李鼎, a Taiwanese film director/author, in a way that mimics one of his aspirational keynote speeches that revolves around the secrets behind five photographs taken at different points in his life. I would like to share two quotations that I feel, are inspiring angles to look at failure (without revealing any of the secrets).
Being human, we are afraid of failure, or in simpler words, afraid of losing. We are afraid to lose sight - not necessary the physical sense of sight - but the failure to see progress and results. To not see progress or results deems the purposes or dreams we pursue a complete failure. This causes us to lose sight of hope and belief, resulting in a world with the absence of light. However, it is often only in the darkest, that we might be able to find the brightest source of light（越黑的地方，就會看見什麼是白). So, to fail also allows you to see what you pursue, more clearly.
It is not just sight that we are afraid to lose, we are also afraid of losing comfort. Success is the symbol of comfort, and comfort brings about stagnancy. While stagnancy can be harmful for some, it can also lead others to pursue a higher level of success, which in turn places the comfort that we currently have, at stake. Pursuing dreams and goals is like mountaineering and pursing various dreams or higher goals is like going from one mountain to another higher mountain. However, you have to first descend before you can scale towards greater heights (從一個山頂到臨一個山頂必須先下山). Therefore, to fail is to allow us to take upon greater heights.
To be able to see our goals and dreams and to take on them, we must first learn to embrace failure.