I've not been getting any new topics or ideas to write on, a mini writer's block I suppose, so until I find motivation and new ideas I'll be posting my old, stale and stagnant write ups which I've stored in a folder on my desktop labeled 'Box filled with Memories'.

If you could do something with no risk of failing, what would you do?

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein

Failure and success go hand in hand, and although to remove the probability of failure would guarantee success and give an impression of being perfect; that success wouldn’t taste sweet and most definitely wouldn’t be perfect. Perfection is not an attainable destination; it is an imaginary concept which drives all of us forward. It is similar to the carrot and stick approach, it’s always just a few steps away yet always beyond reach! And even if perfection is achieved, there is nowhere to go from there – it’s a dead end.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas Alva Edison

The aim should never be to attain perfection, but to always get better! We must perpetually try and improve by reducing the probability of failure, by trying harder and by looking at innovative ways to attain success. And mistakes are not always a bad thing; they aid us by making us work harder, aim higher and think better. They are valuable experiences and make our victory taste sweeter. Failure, as is normally said, is truly the stepping stone of success.

The harder the battle the sweeter the victory. ~ Bob Marley

No victory or success is worthwhile if there are no serious challenges. The passion and zeal of overcoming the obstacles put in front of us are an important part of attaining success. Without a challenge, the enthusiasm is lost and complacency sets in. The challenges make us stretch our own limits and boundaries. We go that extra inch, we give more than we thought was possible and we expand our own potential.

So instead of stagnating in the perceived perfection, I would rather move on to more dynamic fields which make me learn more, which challenge me to attain greater heights and give me a scope for improving both personally and professionally. 

I wrote this article in 2012 based on an essay topic given to a friend of mine for admission into Brown University (I guess, I'm not sure).