Winston Churchill: The Journey to Success through Failures and Comebacks


Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a British Conservative politician, is best remembered for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the darkest years of Second World War. He failed many times in life. He first failed in sixth grade. Churchill’s early political career was tumultuous; and he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the age of 62.

During Churchill’s political career, he made numerous decisions that would turn into failures.
In the First World War, he led the troop who invaded Turkey in order to establish a southern link with Russia, which resulted into a complete failure and loss of many young soldiers from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, ANZAC. In the Second World War he was chiefly responsible for taking over Norway and he was defeated by the German army.

In spite of all the failures and criticism, Churchill is regarded as one of the greatest leaders and orators of the 20th century.

In 1953 he received the Noble Prize for Literature for the book ‘The Second World War’, In 1963, the US Congress granted him an honorary American citizenship. In 1940 and in 1949, the Time magazine honored Churchill with the “Man of the Year”.

He wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up.”

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”