Failure is not as important as you think.  Failure is merely giving up before you have achieved what you set out to do. Look on failure as taking a step back for a rest before you begin again.  You look down on those who you feel have failed to achieve greatness but you look no further than their outer surface.  The most lowly worker or humble servant may have found inner peace.  To you he has not achieved anything for he does not have the materialistic wealth that you think achievement brings.  But to him he has found what he has been searching for and has found greatness within himself.  Who has achieved more, the one with the wealth or the one with inner happiness?  You decide.  Go in peace.