"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" Winston Churchill
I define failure as giving up. If you try your best and still don't reach your goal, that is not failure. If you don't try your best and give up, you have failed. In my life I fee like I have failed when I took the ACT for the first time. I had major test anxiety and half way through the test I got so anxious that i just gave up and started guessing.
"There is no failure except in no longer trying." Elbert Hubbard
If you feel like you have failed then it is much harder to motivate yourself to keep going. However, if you tell yourself that you have not failed, it is easier to pick yourself back up and keep going. If you feel like you have been successful, it is easier to keep going because you feel good about yourself. I am motivated more by my failures because then I strive to make myself better.
For genius hour, I have been successful with most of the projects I have done. Even if it doesn't turn out exactly like the pintrest picture, if I am happy with the results, I have been successful. Sometimes I have tried to do a project and it looks nothing like the picture and it is just plain ugly. Then I have failed. I don't think i need to change anything to reach my goals. Because with DIY you cant exactly be sure of the results and sometimes the projects just don't work. At the end of this project I know I will have succeeded if I have done all the projects I wanted to do.