This quote, by the inventor Thomas Edison, gives us another perspective of failure. Yes, failure means not succeeding at something. However, a deeper and more consequential deffiniton is that of not yet succeeding and giving up. Moreover, giving up when you’re close to success and not knowing it. This is a perspective of failure that’s far more devastating than simply failing.
The key is to be perceptive about when you need to pursue a new path vs when you’re close to success on your current path.