WHY FAILURE IS YOUR FRIEND
“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success;we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery”- Samuel Smiles
Failure, Failure, Failure!!!
How we all hate to be known for that or be attributed with such term. Yessss. I hate to fail, so do you. No one wants to be known for failure. Everyone loves success. Success has so many siblings but no one wants to be friends with failure.
You may ask whose fault is that?
Growing up, we were taught that there was no place for failures in our society. In our schools, other students won’t want to associate with you if you failed at something. Even parents would warn their children to stay away from such a kid. Such kid would be termed failure.
But then I ask is failure really a bad thing? Yes or No
Over the years, I have come to realize that it is not the term failure that is the problem, but the mindset and attitude towards failure.If you change your mindset, you change the way you view things when you fail.
Here are the reasons why you should embrace failure and treat it as a friend.
Reasons why you should actually fail
- Fail because failure is a gateway to greatness: No great man ever achieved greatness without first failing at something.Failure is the universe’s way for preparing us for greatness.
- Fail because through failure you would achieve mastery: if everything we attempted in life were achieved with minimum effort and we came out exactly the way we planned, how little would we learn.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
3. Failure unlocks the potentials within us: Ask the experts, ask the pros in your industry, they would tell you they did not arrive where they are today spontaneously. It took them several years of practice and failing. For every time they failed, they discovered better ways of doing it. Failure unlocked their true potentials. Showing them things they never knew about themselves, so next time you want to cry for failing, thank failure, get your pen and write down the lessons it taught you.
4. Failure refines your character: I’ve never seen a best teacher of character than failure. when you fail and rise up, it is failure teaching you how to persist. it is failure teaching you how to be resilient, how not to run away from your battles and face them squarely.
How many times have you failed an exam and then keep rewriting it until you excelled at such course. How many times have your editor destroyed your manuscripts and make you rewrite them. How many times have your boss made you redo a project at work after you put in so much effort to it.
all these experiences have one thing in common. they teach us discipline, persistent,patience thus refining our character. these are lives core values that we can only learn when we fail.
Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a gateway to success. It is life trying to show you other ways of achieving your goal. It is life telling you , you are more and you can do more than you are doing right now. How will you lead when you have not failed at something. What experiences would you share with your followers. What story would you inspire them with.
So when next failure comes knocking, embrace it, use it as a tool to grow wings and fly.
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