July 1, 2020

Why “Failure” Isn’t Final

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 “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”-- Psalm 16:8-9 (KJV)

Every victory follows hard work. Patience, faith, and hope are absolutely required. Here are some quotes on how accomplishing anything is a journey:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”—Sir Winston Churchill
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.”--Zig Ziglar
“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”—Maria Collins
 “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”—Estee Lauder
“Sometimes our plans don’t work out because God has bigger plans for us.”—movewithtime/tumblr

Can you guess who this individual is?

First name “Ulysses”. Nicknamed “Useless” during his childhood by bullies. Family and friends called him “Lys”.

Son of a tanner (a person who tans animal hides for a living.) He hated everything about tanning, especially the smell.

Received demerits at West Point Academy. (His strict dad had forced him to attend.)

Parents were anti-slavery. Married into a family of slave holders. Parents refused to attend his wedding. Freed the one slave he owned in 1860.

Fought in the Mexican-American War. Given the choice to resign his army commission (due to drinking), or face a court martial. He chose to leave the army.

Failed at several jobs.

But wait, there’s more…Here are the successes of this humble man:

Best equestrian in his West Point Military Academy class.

Still considered one of the top military minds in U.S history.

Reinstated in the army when the Civil War began.

Eventually became Commanding General of the Union Army. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to this man at Appomattox, Virginia.

Eighteenth President of the United States (1869-1877).  (He didn’t even officially campaign.) Responsible for the “Reconstruction” of the southern states. Able to temporarily shut down the Ku Klux Klan (a violent white-supremacist group) by 1870. 

Information taken from the History Channel miniseries, “Grant”.

The Answer: Ulysses S. Grant

My Conclusion

How many times have you fallen and gotten back up? 


  1. WOW. What a lesson and you always amaze me with your fact-finding missions. Excellent example of fortitude.

  2. Thanks!!! I love research, especially when history is involved. People have mixed emotions about Grant, but he's truly an inspiring example of refusing to fail. I didn't even get into his battle strategies.