"Failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is an important component of success"
With all due respect to the author whose blog I read regularly, my verdict is: bullshit! Failure takes you, along a linear scale, in the opposite direction to success. To successfully fail, is, I believe an oxymoron. And excusing failure is yet another way of failing. To really be successful, one must understand that failure is not acceptable. It may happen, but it's not acceptable. And the thing to do when one fails is to look at failure with mild disgust. Shrug the dirt off, and move on towards non-failure. Towards success.