“How many pillars of failures are necessary to support the success?” a 9 year old student of mine, popped up this question, while I was taking a class on the topic- “Failures are the pillars of success”.
The whole class burst out in laughter at once but for me. My consciousness was immediately thrown out into the sea of explanations so as to convince the kid that he doesn’t need to keep count of the ‘pillars’. I wanted the child to realize that the count becomes irrelevant, since success was bound to follow once you have started to put efforts in creating those pillars. However, I knew if I shared my reasoning at its original form, without tuning it down to a child’s viewpoint, I would definitely create a mess and would surely deluge the nascent brain. Indeed, it is quite uncanny when the profound thoughts, which have been as a lighthouse to guide us, cannot be expressed lucidly. Is this a call to reassess our foundations of principles and motivations? Is this a sign to start questioning the conventional beliefs? If it is, then the next thing that comes to be questioned is our ability to defend our opinions, in the most possible logical way. Surely, we cannot be the weak link in the string of ideals that has been connecting the passion for success with the overcome of failures. We cannot let a simple basic question that comes out of the brain of a child let go unanswered. It is true that until and unless the protagonist of the story has experienced the wrath of failures and the sweet taste of success, could not correlate the image of pillars of failures supporting the platform of success. However it was my moral obligation to uphold the beliefs and preserve the fire that has enabled the mankind to rise to new echelons of extraordinary achievements.
Therefore, I quietly picked up a chalk and stood facing the black board. The class curiously sat watching me. The inquisitive kid waited for the reply. The chalk marks on the board formed a picture of a triangle supported by two pillars, one at both the ends of the base vertices of the triangle. The tip of the triangle pointed towards the success while the pillars supported the base of success. The few lines written between those two pillars brought a smile on the child’s face:
“It doesn’t matter how many pillars you have to build to get to success; what matters is that there always exists a last pillar of failure to strengthen the base of your dreams for success. So success is inevitable as do the failures. The goal is just to KEEP GOING ON…”