Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill
Through out my life I’ve failed terribly. For a start I failed through out high school, I failed my exams and my GCSE’S. I’ve failed to face my fears even when It would of benefited me.
I’ve failed to manage my money right, yep, I’ve failed a whole lot as you can tell. I’m sure you’re just like me though, we all fail in life to some degree.
But most of us see failure as a bad thing when it happens. Most of us feel ashamed, embarrassed, pitiful, pathetic, and down right unworthy.
Failure really Isn’t as bad as it’s made out, depending on your perspective and how you react to it. Failure has taught me 3 vital lessons in life.
1. Failure helps you grow as a human being
If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. – Zig Ziglar
Every time I’ve failed miserably, It forced me to better myself and my circumstances. Failure forced me to change the way I think, to change my perspective and make improvements.
The best example I can give is when I was made redundant in 2012. My life and perspective went through some unbelievable changes that year. It was a major breakthrough for me.
It was the year I decided to work for myself and create my own businesses. I’m still on that journey. It’s only a matter of time till I’m where I need to be 100%.
I’ve always believed in “doing your own thing” and not doing a 9 – 5 for the long term.
But the way I was made redundant, and the negative experiences I went through pushed me over the edge I suppose you could say. And in a good way too. I’m thankful for that experience.
2. There’s success within every failure
Sounds backwards doesn’t it? But it’s the truth when you take a close look at it. The reason why most of us see failure as a failure is because of the way it’s viewed.
When you fail, you succeed too. Why? Because once you’ve made mistakes you learn from them and that pushes you closer to success.
The moment you crash and burn, you’ve successfully figured out what NOT to do in future.
3. Failure’s better than not trying at all
If you never bother to even try, that’s worse than failing for two reasons.
- You learn NOTHING from NOT trying.
- You gain NOTHING from NOT trying.
I’ve had past opportunities that would of been beneficial to me, yet because I didn’t try at the time I lost out. By not trying that day, who knows what I could of gained out of it.
One things for sure though, It would of been better than not trying!
By not trying at all, the only guarantee you’ll get is NOTHING. It’s that simple. By not trying, you guarantee to learn nothing, gain nothing, and become nothing more than you already are.
Where as when you fail you become smarter. You learn a HUGE amount that you otherwise would of never known.
You become wiser, more knowledgeable, and better as a result. Considering you don’t lose yourself and let failure break you instead of make you.
So there you have it. Failure has taught me 3 things –
- Failure helps you grow as a human being
- There’s success within every failure
- Failure’s better than not trying at all
What’s your opinion on failure? Why do you believe failure is a good thing?