Most people think that failure is the opposite of success, they assume that because they made an attempt that was not successful, that they have failed. They are wrong, because they are only on the right part towards success. A baby learning how to walk for the first time must fall and fail at several attempts to give the mother or guardian assurance that the baby is on the right part to success. We learn and gain experience anytime we make an unsuccessful attempt towards our goals.
Imagine how many dreams and goals are put off every day because of fear of not succeeding. We allow failure and the thought of it to hold us back from making attempts or getting back on our feet after an unsuccessful move. We allow this negative thoughts to hold us and keep us down and back when in reality failure is part of the success we seek. Failure can be a stepping stone and it can be a great ingredient for success.
Several Benefits of Failure to our Success
Failure has several benefits which we should never allow to waste each time we make an unsuccessful attempt towards our set goals.
Failure opens our eyes to new opportunities. Every unsuccessful attempt is a triumph. It creates a new opportunity to look around for something new, which will usually be a better way to achieve what did not work at first.
According to Harvard Business Review article; ‘ Strategies from learning from failure‘, The wisdom of learning from failure is incontrovertible. Yet organizations that do it well are extraordinarily rare. The article states that despite wide range of benefits inherent in taking advantage of failure, most corporate executives and managers do not utilize these benefits because they have negative view about failure.
This is usually why rules in the corporate world forbid failure and consider it as a taboo while failure is embraced and accepted by those in research, creativity, innovation and mostly in the life of entrepreneurship.
Every successful entrepreneur knows the vast benefits that comes with making unsuccessful attempts. They know that it comes with a lot of experience and knowledge of what does not work which creates room to try new things that will work.
An innovation company, IDEO who has understood the importance of failure to achieving set goal has a corporate slogan; “Fail often in order to succeed sooner”.
Currently all over the world, research scientist in the medical field are all willing to fail in their effort to find a successful vaccine against the dreaded Covid-19. We hear of clinical trial every day because those researchers are anxious to fail often in order to succeed sooner.
Quotes on Failure as part of Success
“Failure is part of success, and nobody should ever view failure as a bad thing as long as you learn from it.”
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top”.
“Striving for success is healthy – but believing you need to succeed the first time around may backfire. Mentally strong people believe failure is part of the process toward a long journey to success. By viewing failure as a temporary setback, they’re able to bounce back and move forward with ease.”
“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.”
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
“Success and failure go hand in hand”.
“Failure and rejection are important. Otherwise, you won’t value success.”
“Failure never goes to my heart, and success never goes to my head.”
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”
“Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process.”
Roger von Oech
“Success and failure are both part of life. Both are not permanent.”
Shah Rukh Khan
“Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.”
“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”
Colin R. Davis
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
“My failures may be my greatest successes. It is in failure that I have often drawn closer to God, learn to depend more on Him than myself, gained self-knowledge, and seen things in their right perspective.”
“I think about all my successes and failures, and sometimes the failures stick in your head as much as the wins. But you do move on”.
“Successful entrepreneurs find the balance between listening to their inner voice and staying persistent in driving for success – because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump that’s disguised as failure.”
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
How to Learn from Failure
Overcome the emotional blame game and focus on how to learn from the experience of knowing what does not work. It is human nature to begin to blame others or give external excuses why we did not achieve what we planned to achieve. The best thing to do is to remain positive and get back on track towards our goal.
Also avoid people that will blame you that they told you that you will not make it. They are the vision killers
Analyze and Leverage from it. After identifying that your attempt is unsuccessful and surmounting the emotional blame game, go back to find out where you went wrong along the way. Try to avoid the thing that may have caused the failure attempt
Plan a new strategy for success. Going back to the drawing board to make a new workable strategy on ways to accomplish our set goal. Another beauty of going back to evaluate our goal after unsuccessful attempt is that it will open our eyes to new opportunities and ideas which ordinarily might not have been possible without our first attempt. We can also get help from external resources that can help us boost our inner motivation and give us clear direction on how we can navigate through our journey to success.
Start to put your new plan to action. Go ahead to take action based on the new plan. You are now more experienced and wiser and ahead of those who never took any action. Continue to focus on your dream, taking action every day, practicing every day, learning every day until success shows up.
Failure is not opposite of success, it is part of success.
I hope that you have been able to learn a few things from the above because I have personally learnt so much from the article. I will end with the quote from Richard Branson; “Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal, and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.”
Please do not stop to make attempts until success surrenders to you.
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