Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results is failure.
So is selling your soul to the work you know you are not meant to do.
Not taking control of your thoughts and emotions is the ultimate failure.
Blaming instead of learning from a valley in your life is preparing way for another similar experience: unless you actually absorb the lesson for success that failure brought along with itself.
Failure is synonymous to staying safe and doing nothing to change what is on your platter.
Look at any successful human being and you will find that their success is largely due to deliberately ignoring status quo, burning their boats in reach for the island.
What are your daily steps for the island?