Whether an epic failure or small measures of failure – failure is not bad for you. It counts towards your success.
Lately, I have been reflecting of this issue of failure. I considered the “success” that many people have experienced and how they got there. My conclusion is that “failure” is a necessary ingredient in the success of most successful people. There has to be something good and beneficial about failure.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
Failure is one thing that no one wants to be associated with. Many are bound in life because they have considered themselves to have failed in one area of their life or the other. Many more are held powerless and frozen because of the fear of failure. No matter how you look at it no one wants to fail. You have not failed unless failure can stop you from taking the next course of actions towards your goal.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
What is failure? Could it be that the definition of failure that many people are holding on to is what has stopped them from forging ahead in life and fulfilling their purpose? How motivated will you be if you begin to see failure in another light? Your perception is more important than the so called facts around you. What has happened to you will never have more power to dictate your further actions than the convictions of your inner man. People are not stopped in life because of the enormity of opposition, the truth is that we are stopped when the interpretations and the processing of the experiences of our life is counterproductive.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Failure has been defined in so many ways: lack of success, undesired end, frustration, achieving nothing or simply not successful at a particular endeavour. A careful look at these meanings suggests something that is worthy of notice. All these meanings and many more signify an outcome of some sort. If failure is an outcome then failure cannot not be separated from the action that has produced it. So the question you need to ask whenever you experienced failure is “what actions or behaviour has produced it?”
“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar
If my actions have produced an outcome different from what I set out to produce then there must be some lessons to learn from such actions and behaviour and the outcome they have produced. These lessons will assist us in making conclusions that are very necessary for our next course of actions. Failure is not bad at all. It offers us the privilege of reviewing our present actions and behaviour so that we are better positioned to decipher and determine the actions and behaviours necessary to achieve the expected outcome. Failure should lead us in the path of informed change.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Failure should never stop you. If fact failure helps you to know that there are more options to explore in the pursuit of your dreams and purpose. Failure is a necessary feedback system that helps to review actions and behaviours that we must change in order to change our outcome. When failure is considered from this perspective it becomes a very powerful instrument in moving us closer to our dreams and aspirations.
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis
Failure should never be seen as the end. We should consider failure as a bus-stop of reflection and review on the way to our final destination. I am not in the position to tell you how many bus-stops you will have before you get there. What I can assure you is that you have not failed unless you refuse to continue the journey by applying the lessons learnt in one bus-stop as you navigate your ways towards your goal.
We fall down but we get up. We trip, we stumble, we crash but we adjust ourselves and get up. Failure is a decision to stop getting up. Only a corpse refuses to get up. The good news is that you are reading this piece because you are alive! Don’t give up, don’t surrender to fear of failure. Take maximum advantage from those failures. You are too gifted and too intelligent to surrender. This is the time to take that next step towards your goal.
BY: Lekan Wellington Adegunwa
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