Few men combine psychological and spiritual insight with the force and breadth of Paul Tournier. The Strong and the Weak and other books he has written have dealt in various ways with this issue's theme of "success."
For this article, we selected portions from his book The Adventure of Living, in which he considers our inner selves and our true drives for success, revealing some of his own struggles as well.
Success and Failure
The joy of adventure is an anticipation of the joy of success. One pursues an adventure joyfully and effectively so long as one has not lost all hope of success.
The joy of success! Think of the joy a person has when he passes a difficult examination-or even one that is not very difficult! At the time it seems to eclipse everything else. For a moment the world, life, and all other problems fade away. The joy of success is everything. On the other hand, consider a person who is not enjoying success. I often see such cases. A student is terrified of failing in an examination ...1