“Not failure, but low aim, is crime.”- James Russell Lowell, poet
“Aim for the moon, if you miss, you may hit a star.”- W. Clement Stone
“All who have achieved great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which seemed impossible.”- Orson Swett Marden
I know you will ask, “Why is low aim considered a crime, not failure?” Yes, it is a reasonable question to ask. Let’s look at these two questions, and I will try to answer both of them later:
Question 1: Why is failure not considered a crime?
Question 2: Why is low aim considered a crime?
We all want to succeed in life. But there are two ways we can do that: set your goals very low, and you will achieve them without adding anything of significance to your life. Or, set your goals very high, and give it all your best to make it happen, and even if you fail, you will walk away with valuable lessons.
Now, let’s look at why “failure” is not considered a crime. Failure is not considered a crime because you have given it all your best to make something work, but unfortunately, it didn’t work. Even if it doesn’t work, you have learned a valuable lesson that will come handy to you when you need them later in your career. For example, we read about entrepreneurs whose businesses have failed. When you ask them what happened to their failed businesses, they will happily tell you that “they had learned a valuable lesson.” They don’t see it as failure; they see it as an opportunity to try something new; they see it as an opportunity to grow into something bigger than what they had tried before. Failure is not considered a crime because when something didn’t work for you the first time, it gives you the room to look deeper into your practices. It gives you the time to sit and think about where to go from there. Overall, you have learned a valuable lesson that will help you later in your life. But when you set your goals too low, you will achieve everything on your plate without any significant change in your life, you have committed a terrible crime.
Low-aims, low-goals, whatever you want to call it, is a dream killer. When you set a low goal for yourself, you are depriving yourself of something priceless: growth opportunities. You have deprived yourself of the chance to learn new things, you have deprived yourself of the chance to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone, you have deprived yourself of the chance to move closer to your dreams, and you have deprived yourself of the chance to be who you were created to be. In other words, you have committed a crime against yourself.
If you want to succeed in life, set high, realistic, and achievable goals for yourself, and have a solid follow through plan to make your dreams happen. Without a follow through plan, you will be committing another crime. Low aim is a crime because it takes your dreams away from you. Don’t allow that to happen to you. Set high goals for yourself.