If you haven’t heard of Quora, you should make an account there if you love writing. It’s a question and answer website where people can seek a reply to thought provoking questions. It’s perfect for when you have writer’s block and just want to write something. I liked one of the questions so much that I decided to write an extended response of one of my answers. I started there on July 11, 2017, and at the time of publishing this I have 70K views on my answers.
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One of the questions I found that really struck a chord with me was: Is failing at something caused by a lack of talent or by not trying hard enough? Here is a link to my original Quora answer. I posted something short because I didn’t think about telling the full story.
To answer this questions, I wrote about a memory from my childhood when I was in the Girl Scouts. I was 8 years old when this happened and I was not prepared for this to happen to me. My parents had always raised me to have a good work ethic and not to be a sore loser. So here’s what happened: I was a brownie in the girl scouts at my elementary school and I already had about 6 or 7 badges.
I still have the sash to this day in my closet with space where my cookie badge should have been. I’m surprised at how little the boxes of Girl Scout cookies had gone up. When I sold them in the early 2000’s they were only about $3 each. I wanted that cookie badge more than anything. I was a cute kid, so it wasn’t that hard to sell them.
No child should have to go through that.
If you can believe it, I sold 20 cases of cookies, which if you don’t know are around 500 boxes and that amounted to about $1,500. On the way to drop off the money, I was so happy. I knew there was no way that any of the other girls would sell more cookies that I did. I thought I was a shoe-in to win the cookie badge. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. The reason why still breaks my heart and makes me sad even as I’m writing this. I didn’t win the cookie badge because the troop leader’s daughter got jealous that I had sold so many cookies and her mother stole my cookie money and gave the badge to her daughter.
I was only 8 years old and I hate that her mom gave into her child’s demands like that. She never took into consideration how it would make me feel, and I quit the Girl Scouts shortly after that. So in response to the question, failure is not always caused by lack of talent or by not trying hard enough. I learned a hard lesson about life and I realized that failure is not always a bad thing. It could be the push you need to try harder in order to succeed. It’s hard to call my accomplishment a failure, but I suppose it depends on your definition of failure.