Man is destined to face challenges in life. Life is not a bed of roses. Obstacles and difficulties are bound to come in the way. All desire for success. However, everybody doesn’t succeed in achieving his goals. Failures are a part of our lives. But one who keeps on striving is crowned with success, eventually.
Success is the result of hard work, firm determination and dedication. Sometimes, the attempt proves to be a failure. But failure is a natural phenomenon. It carries a treasure of invaluable experience. Success and failure are two facets of the same coin.
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Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Failure teaches us a lot. It reveals our weakness that must be overcome. It informs us about the problem areas in our work. It guides and inspires us to put in more effort. It reveals the weakness of our planning. It gives us strength to act more decisively. We come to know about our limitations. It gives us a guideline for future course of action. Failure, thus prepares a person to go for the next endeavour with better chance of success.
A man who has not tasted failure doesn’t know of success. He becomes too self assured and easy going. Most great men achieved success only after a long battle with failures. They learnt from their failures.
One who has met with failure needn’t invest same amount of labor as invested in one’s maiden attempt. He is merely required to analyze the ways he has adopted. Success without failure is seldom possible. Failure shouldn’t stop us living life well. It is always possible to live your best life despite the odds and hardship. No matter one has lost his job, suffered a financial crises, faced a heart break-one should always believe that be can live his life best despite all this. This optimistic attitude will give him the courage to go ahead with life living well with all the hope and vigor. Living well is the revenge to the failure.
Fortunes favors the brave. And the brave is one who gets ahead, overcomes his failures and achieves his goal. We should keep our priorities before us, concentrate on them fully, do the consistent efforts and then we will see that every thing is falling on its right place.
The brave have the confidence to welcome challenges in life. Failures should not result in pessimism. Pessimism acts as a stumbling block in one’ way to success. The pessimist sees difficulties in very opportunity. The optimist sees opportunities in every difficulty. Failures, thus, act as a ray of hope. In cases of failures, one should not be scared of the comments and criticism of the people.
The invention and discoveries are the result of hard work and sustained effort. All the inventors and discoveries met with failures on the way, but they never left their work in the midway. Life saving rugs are results of enormous efforts of such types.
Nothing great has ever been achieved without consistent effort in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties. The freedom struggles of India is a classic example of the heroic sacrifices made by the freedom fighters who neither cared for their lives, nor for their families. To them what mattered was freedom of the country. Every set back further strengthened their resolve. Ultimately the mighty British empire had to bow down and the Britishers had to leave India bag and baggage. The same can be said of Nelson Mandela who succeeded in freeing his nation despite facing a number of hurdles.
The youth of today is restless. They expect results immediately. Rome was not build in a day. Success is bound to follow once we start running towards our objective. One should not be depressed or dejected when one meets failure on the way.
Today, we can lead a comfortable life. We have numerous facilities and arrangements at our disposal. All these were not available in the past. They were invented and discovered. It was possible only through hard work and toil.
The Indian educational system need to be modified. The foundations of knowledge should be made strong. The youth should get career guidance. They should be made aware of the future challenges. They should be taught to accept each failure as a challenge. Today psychiatrists, career counselors help the youth to overcome their trauma.
Failure results when the preparation for a gold has not reached perfection. There is something lacking which requires timely attention. One can’t enjoy one’s success to the extreme unless one has tasted failure. Failure prepares the foundation for bigger things in life. Failure are thus the pillars of success.
Failure is the stepping stone for success Swallow defeat
23 Aug 2012, Vol 0 Issue 1
It's almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. Failure is a part of life; everyone has experienced failure at some time or other.
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even,” legendary boxer Muhammad Ali had once declared.
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Yet the greatest barrier to success and one of the biggest fears in life that people have is - fear of failure. It is also the major reason that holds back people from realizing their full potential and achieving their goals.
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Fear of failure immobilizes you, restricts you to your comfort zone, prevents you from moving forward in life and hampers your chances of success.
Defeat is not easy to swallow. There is no worse feeling than facing failure. Failure leaves you bitter, miserable and depressed.
It is then not difficult to understand why most people are afraid of failing. They prefer to play it safe by restricting themselves to their comfort zone and avoiding any risks.
But playing it safe can also be risky. It puts you out of action. You choose to forgo potential opportunities and push yourself into mediocrity. When you restrict yourself to your cocoon, you keep yourself from tapping your full potential.
Failure is a matter of perspective. Many think failure as the opposite of success. But failures are in fact the stepping stones of success. Nothing worthwhile in life has ever been achieved without a series of failures. Failure is, as James Allen has rightly pointed out, one of the ‘pathways to attainment.’
Buckminster Fuller, the renowned American philosopher, architect, and inventor, popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture once said, “Whatever humans have learned had to be learned as a consequence only of trial and error experience. Humans have learned only through mistakes.”
Fuller has to his credit 28 patents; has authored 28 books and has received more than 60 honorary degrees.
Successful people also make mistakes. They also fail but they don’t give up. Instead they remain steadfast. They overcome their fear of failure and are quick to learn from their mistakes.
There are numerous examples of celebrities, sportspersons, actors, authors and leaders who inspite of facing defeat did not give up on their dreams. They succeeded in overcoming their fear of failure.
Michael Jordan was cut from the school basketball team; Steve Jobs was fired from his own company; Warren Buffet was rejected by Harvard University, Richard Branson is a high school dropout, Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections and Thomas Edison, failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb.
Failure did not keep these great people away from achieving their goals and becoming extra-ordinarily successful.
As Emerson said, “Life is a series of experiments, the more you make the better. Each failure is a trial in an experiment and an opportunity for growth. Even if a failure costs you financially, the educational benefits can far outweigh the loss.”
Overcoming fear of failure is a major factor toward the achievement of goals. The highly successful people are not the most intelligent, most gifted or blessed.
They are just ordinary people who view failures as temporary speed breakers on the road to success. They are successful because they have developed the skill of learning from their mistakes and are willing to move out of their comfort zone and take calculated risks.
When you try, there is no guarantee that you will succeed. But if you don’t try, you are sure to fail.
So don’t let fear of failure hold you back from reaching out for your goals. The key to success is not avoiding failure but to overcome the fear of failure; learn from your failures and use them to build yourself up.
"Failure should be our teacher not our undertaker.
Failure is delay not defeat.
It is temporary detour not a dead end." –Denis Waitley
The Author is a Motivational counselor, Speaker, Ophthalmologist, and Author of 'Principles of Success Made Easy-14 Easy Steps to Climb the Ladder of Success'