I strive towards not using the common terms of success and failure. Instead I try to view life as a series of lessons learned. Related to that concept is one of my favorite stories.
A young engineer accepted a job after graduating from college with high honors. A few months later the young engineer was frustrated.
The young engineer mentioned these frustrations to a long-time senior engineer.
“I'm frustrated. In college I excelled in classes and labs. When I graduated many of my professors said I would do well. Yet ever since I accepted this job I seem to do nothing but make mistakes. I watch you and you seem to do everything so effortlessly. How did you get to be so good?”
The senior engineer slurped some coffee and said, “By making a lot of mistakes.”