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How do you view failure?

In as much as this question may look simple, it’s quite difficult for some people to answer. Before I proceed, let me give a proper definition of the word “Failure”, in order to give a clearer understanding of today’s post.

Failure is seen as the opposite of success. It is a state or condition, of not meeting a desirable or intended objective. Anything can be a failure; a job application, a class quiz, a school project, an exam etc. But let me say something; an individual is a failure, only if he/she chooses to be. You can experience failure in a promising project, but your lack of determination to press on, is what makes you a failure.

“Many of life failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up”.

– Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison failed 1000 times when creating the light bulb, before he finally got it. He didn’t just experience 1 failure, he experienced 1000 failures before success. He would have been considered a failure on the light bulb project, if he had given up along the way. But instead, he saw those failures as steps.

“I didn’t fail 1000 times, the light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps”

Thomas Edison.

Abraham Lincoln had no proper formal education while growing up. He had to study all by himself to become a lawyer. He lost a seat in the senate twice and had no proper qualifications to become president. Yet, he pressed on and became one of America’s greatest presidents despite his many failures. There are many people out there in the world today, who made sure that their failures, didn’t label them as failures themselves. While some of us view failure as a building up point, others may view it as a breaking down point. While some of us may be able to handle our failures and move on, others may not be able to. The way you view and handle your own failure, is different from the way another person views and handles his.

“Failure is the foundation of success and the means by which it is achieved”.

– Lao Tzu.

Some of us, are under the category of people I’ll call, the never giving up type. People under this category, are able to move on from their failures. They can decide to still have faith and try to find other opportunities. They don’t wallow in self pity over their faliures but try to find another door to success. They are very optimistic about the future and are willing to find an opportunity even in their calamity. It is not really easy to be a never giving up type, it takes a lot of strength, faith and determination to be that type of person. But that’s how life is; in order to get something, you must pay a price. When aiming for success, you’ve got to pay the price to be the boss. And note one thing; the never giving up type of person, is always positive in everything she/he thinks, says and does.

The next kind of people I’ll like to talk about, are the always giving up type. People under this category, never really move on from their failures. They may try moving on, but will find it difficult, because they are still wallowing in self pity over their failures. They easily give up on anything because they believe that it’ll be fruitless to them. They never see anything good in things and are always pessimistic about everything. They don’t try finding out other opportunities but just sit on one thing. People in this category, don’t usually end up well if they continue like this.

“One of the most common causes of failure, is the habit of quitting when one is over taken by temporary defeat”.

– Napoleon Hill.

Failures normally are caused when we make mistakes on our part. That’s absolutely normal because you can’t move on from your failures, if you can’t learn your mistakes. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when you make a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, so yours isn’t an exception.

“Don’t be afraid of mistakes, provided you don’t make the same one twice”.

– Eleanor Roosevelt.

How you view failures really matters in life. If you don’t know how to handle your failures, then how do you want to succeed? If you’ve never experienced failures, then you can never experience success. Along the way to achieving success, trials and tribulations will always set in, which can take someone into depression. But you’ve got to come to a realization that those failures and those trials, are only meant to prepare you.

So today, for those of you who are still holding on to past failures, I want to advise you to let them go and just move on. Don’t let those failures to pull you down. You’re far more stronger than you realize.

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