Often caught yourself reading a success story or getting inspired by someone who’s prolly living your dream life and has everything that you would love to achieve and mulling over why your life couldn’t be the same; full of! Happens to the best of us! But looking at a full grown tree bearing quality fruits is not going to help unless you plant your sapling, nurture it and watch it grow into a beautiful and fulfilling being. A step towards something great comes with a trial and failure, until you keep hustling and master it.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” — J.K. Rowling
Do you know, failure is a lesson in disguise?
Failure when defined in a simpler way can be compared to fixed deposits. Whenever you fail, you’re depositing unique and first hand experience that will eventually return to you as a wealthy success. Each failure defines a mistake which you could have avoided, a practice that you needed, and a skill that needs to be sharpened. Safer to say, failure is a stepping stone to success. A lot of people strive behind success, thinking that success is all you need to live a purposeful life, well the truth is you don’t! Achieving success without experiencing failure will never make you skilled enough.
“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
Failure can be life shakening, and by that we mean the kind of failure that changes your life, breaks relationships, or get your career graph down. It can be difficult to pull yourself up, brush off the dust and move on but that’s all it takes to push you to the next milestone. Failure comes in all shapes and sizes, failing an exam or losing a great business deal. The gain varies but the pain always has a same shattering wavelength. How you choose to learn from your failure, decides how soon you’ll reach your success. This makes failure the ultimate life lesson that you can gain only by pushing yourself to work towards your goal.
Why failure is more important than success?
Funny question, right? Something that your parents won’t expect you to ask or prefer to answer. Let’s get the curtain down, failure is a red carpet for your Oscar success. Heard about someone taking the Oscar without walking the red carpet? Nope, we guess! Failure prepares you mentally to face the forthcoming hurdles, it prepares you for the next possible fall. Once you fail, you work in the needed dimension which you never thought exists, it’s a self altering experience that sculpts you into a better self. Failure makes your skillful, strong, empathetic, compassionate and kind. It also help you to alter the relationship you have with the people. In all aspects, failure brings out the true human values in all its best way before you reach your peak of success.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Most influential and popular personalities in the world has their story of failure and constant struggle which polished them to be the shining diamond they are today. Jim Carrey faced constant failures with his childhood steeped in poverty, from a janitor to H’wood’s greatest comic artist, it took Carrey 11 years to finally pursue his dream of becoming an actor. The father of social media – Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the richest and most successful person, but his first network – Facemash was a major fail which ended up badly for him. Mark also got sued which later got settled for a whopping 1.2 million facebook shares. Beyoncé started performing at an earlier age with a group called “Destiny’s Child”, she was shattered when the group fell apart but rose to become the Queen Bey goddess we swear by. Who run world? Well, we know!
Resilience is all about finding an opportunity amidst the difficulties, so we’d say pull up your socks, and never be afraid of failing, the gains from a failure is much valuable than success.
Takeaway to get back your spirit!
- Look at failure as a path for a larger possibility and you’ll not see failure ever again.
- Failure is a constructive feedback to try a different approach to accomplish success.
- Be brave enough to try something that scares you, be fierce, fail and try again until you see yourself excel at it.
- Remember to boost yourself daily, visualize your goals amidst the fog of failures.
- As the old saying goes, “perfection is born out of imperfection” you are not born with an inbuilt skill set to achieve everything at one go. The failures you face make you skillful, resistant to the fall and successful.