FAILURE. We don’t like it. We avoid it. We hate it. We treat failure as if we have done something wrong and now have to be humiliated. Failure, as much as it hurts, is an important part of life. In fact, failure is necessary as it is a natural progression in the journey of success. No one has ever become wildly successful who has not been through some major failure.
When a baby is first learning to walk, she’s going to fall down many times. This is failure. But, ask any mother about their baby’s ability to walk and she will wholeheartedly declare that her baby will one day walk. She might fall down many times, but she will surely walk.
I have failed more times than I’d like to admit. And I’m not talking about small failures; I’m talking about the kind of failures that rock your world, completely altering the landscape of your relationships, finances, and mental-wellbeing. And, if you’re anything like me, then you’ve also most likely failed many times over.
People do not like failure because it hurts and makes them feel bad about themselves. However, if we shift our paradigm, we will understand that failure is our friend.
Like a true friend…
Failure teaches you things that nothing else can teach you
What happens when you fail? When you go through something and can walk away with firsthand experience, it helps you to develop a deeper understanding for life by completely altering your frame-of-mind through the induction of pain. How much you can learn when you fail determines how far you will go in creating success.
Failure makes you re-envision your goals
I don’t think that your goals should be changed, even if you fail. It doesn’t matter how lofty your goals might be. What I found through failure was that I had to re-envision my goals, not revise them. I needed to see them clearer in my mind.
Failure tells you that you need to do better
Whenever you fail, how sure are you that you have given your 100% on it? It might be hard to admit, but in my case, I usually fail when I don’t give it my all. Life is designed for us to grow and improve. Failure causes us not settle for mediocrity at the same time offers us opportunity for improvement. When you choose to do nothing, you’re actually risking the biggest mistake of all, which is making sure nothing happens.
Failure makes you stronger
Most successful people experience alot of failure in their lives before achieving success. The funny aspect of it is that, same failure is what the unsuccessful experience too. What makes the big difference is the different ways they respond to failure and choose never to give up. As the quote says, “one who falls and gets up is so much stronger that one that never fell.”
Failure causes you to recognize your bad habit
We all know the power of the mighty ego. When you fail, you destroy a part of your ego. Depending on how monumental that failure was, you lose either a major chunk or a small piece of your precious ego. Once that ego is shattered as a result of failure, you begin to recognize your bad habits.
It is better to fail than never to have tried at all. We can always be more than our failure.
What has failure taught you? Kindly share with with us as we will be glad to learn from you.