Failure is an opportunity to begin again

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No one wants to face failure in life, we all fear failure. But the benefit of being scared to fail in life is that it keeps you from failing.

Despite all your efforts there is no guarantee that you won’t fail in the work you are doing. We have to work within the limits and powers given to us by nature; there are lots of things we cannot control in life, but we can certainly change our perspective.

There is always lot to learn from failures, some termed failure as a step towards success.  There are so many famous people in history who faced brutal failure in life. If so, then what really made them so famous and successful in later days?

They accept facts and prepare to deal with it and setup up for success.  Success is not permanent, and so is failure. Successful people are willing to fail ten times before succeeding one time.

You should love walking the way more than you are afraid of falling, if you don’t give up, you cannot fail.

Successful people learn from their mistakes and from their failures. What if we apply and follow some of their principles in our life?

Principles followed by Successful People

Don’t be afraid to acknowledge mistakes
If you acknowledge your mistakes, you feel free and can focus on next course of action. You have to be real and honest to yourself and show courage, resolve and strength to accept mistakes and uncertainty.

‘When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” – Napoleon Hill

Focus on next course of action
Once you accept your mistake, set next course of action to correct it. There is no assurance that you won’t fail again but you have to act and commit yourself to do it with focus.

Take ownership
Successful people always lead from front, they take the ownership, be it success or failure. If you blame others, you will never be able to take proper corrective action.

Everything comes with pros and cons, you have to figure out what is good and bad for you, many people want to blame someone else for mishap, it gives sense of relief for some time, but takes away opportunity to learn from mistakes.

Not failing does not mean you are doing well.
There is a quote, “You won’t fail if you don’t try something new”. If you want to grow, you got to try new thing beyond your comfort zone in your life, and growth always involves uncertainty and setbacks.

You might feel safe in your comfort zone, but it restricts you from taping new opportunities. American author of the series conversation with God, quotes as follows.

“Life Begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsh

You haven’t succeeded yet, not failed.
Accepting failures doesn’t mean approving careless work, it is healthy when it motivates you to keep going.

This Ted Talk by Caleb Meakins explains how it feels to face the fear of failure and sense of freedom after facing fear of most trivial fears.

You should always strive to avoid or minimize failures as they have real consequences, but realize that you will continue to face uncertainty, and experience failures because that’s how nature has made you.

 Failures have most of the time became key for success provided you accept and take proper action to correct it.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. – Thomas Edition

Keep Trying
If you want to grow in life, you will face uncertainty and setbacks. You should be ready to fail and ready to try over and over again.  The great scientist Thomas Edison quotes as follows about trying.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  – Thomas Edison

Following are famous and successful people who were failure at some point in their life.

Albert Einstein

He was not able to speak until he was 4 years old, even though he could speak but not so fluent up to 9 years of age. This cause teacher to think he was slow and his teachers told his parents that he would never amount to much.

At the age of 16, he failed the entrance examination of Swiss Federal Polytechnic school located in Zurich. He was poor performer in school, so poor that he had decided to drop out to sell life insurance.

After graduation he did not have any job for two years, later he got a job at the Patent Office as an assistant examiner for evaluating patent applications. and there he developed interest in maths and physics while evaluating patent applications.

Today the word Einstein is synonymous with genius, but he spent decades researching, defending his work.

“I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success” – Albert Einstein

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is famous 16th President of the United States. He is one of the most beloved and respected leader in American history. he was honest, wise, intelligent, compassionate and hard-working.

But Lincoln did not start his life as a success story and had failed numerous times before attaining the highest position.

He had strong humanitarian views on life, during his tenure he denounced slavery as founded on both injustice and bad policy, and that would be one of the greatest things might have happened in the history of human race.

From these great souls we can only learn not to give up in life because of failures, but to keep on going without losing enthusiasm.


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