Are you afraid of failing? Are you one of the many people who always say “failure is not an option”? If you answer yes to those questions keep reading I have got news for you. Thomas Edison once said that “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”. The key point in Mr. Edison’s statement, I believe, is the power to keep on keeping on in front of setbacks.
As you may have probably heard many times over, “success is not a destination, it is a journey”. Then it is quite natural for you to make stops and detours, on your way, under unforeseen circumstances. That is the reason why it is advisable to set your goals on rock but your plans on quick sand. Your goals to get where you want to go should not change, but the plans on how to go about it should be flexible in case something happens. Below are few ideas on why failure is important for you.
1. Embrace failure
You should not by any means let your failures paralyze you. Instead, you should see them as a healthy and inevitable part of the process on your way to success. A quick study of the most successful people of our time will reveal a life teaming with defeats. Edison failed 10,000 times when trying to create the light bulb. However, his attitude was that he successfully discovered 10,000 ways that do not work.
Colonel Sanders had the construction of a new road put him out of business in 1967. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found someone interested. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Mr. Sanders sold his fried chicken company for $15 million!
2. Yes! Failure is an option
Just because everyone is saying “failure is not option” does not make it true. What is not an option is “giving up”, at least if you want to meet with success. No matter how many times you’ve been knocked down, you owe it to yourself to get back up and keep going. Failure has the power to build your character. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr who faced many challenges and obstacles in his life, believed that “the measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of conveniences, but where he stands in times of challenge and adversity”
3. Learn from your mistakes
Success begets success, there is little or no doubt about that. It is very easy to learn from your successes. However, the challenge is to pay very close attention when you think you’ve failed, there are always very important lessons present in that moment. Unfortunately, those lessons are most of the time in a language we do not understand. That is the reason why sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over again, because we did not get the message the first time around. Napoleon Hill has always made it clear that what is so often looked at as failure is, in reality, just temporary defeat, and “Defeat, like a headache, warns us that something has gone wrong. If we are intelligent we look for the cause and profit by the experience”
All in all, I strongly believe that our setbacks and reversals can be instrumental to our achievement if we develop a strong sense of persistence, the determination to stick to it until we win.
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