July 20, 2018 Stephen Watkins Life, Quote Failure July 20, 2018 Stephen Watkins Life, Quote “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”—Denis Waitley Stephen Watkins Husband. Dad. Former ad guy. Current grad student. Future teacher. Unrepentant geek.