Often we only look at failure as a negative part of our lives, but let’s flip the coin and see what positive things one can gain from failure.
First, failure builds character. If you look at the positive side of it, the best advantage you earn from failure is the strength you gain from it. If everything in life were perfect and every opportunity a success what type of person would you be? Failure teaches us more about ourselves and builds character better than any success ever could. It makes us see our inner being for what it is and areas where change is needed.
Second, failure creates opportunity. How many times in your work life have you failed at something and shortly after this experience you discovered another opportunity that is usually more suited to your talents, and perhaps even the salary was better. Thus, failure had some bitterness, but also had sweetness so that eventually everything ended up better.
Third, failure is a great teacher in disguise. It shows you your strengths and weaknesses which inspires you to adjust your attitude along with realizing the change that needs to occur in your life. It teaches you humbleness and the importance of getting off your ego trip.
Fourth, failure initiates courage. Most people are scared of failure and would rather stay in their comfort zone than to take a risk and go down an uncertain path. After all, you have responsibilities and people relying upon you. No matter what the failure is you need to adapt yourself to the catastrophe to get through it.
Fifth, failure teaches perseverance. When experiencing failure it is extremely easy to just give up. Why should I continue? It takes determination, boldness, fortitude, and braveness to keep driving forward. After all, a quitter never wins but a winner never quits.
Sixth, failure produces creativity. If something doesn’t work out you need to tap into your supply of innovative talent to create something exclusive. Failure inspire the passion to continue to look for new ideas.
Seventh, failure depends upon motivation. The most successful people are the ones that continue to try and never give up. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is your ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” You need to find your motivation and incentive to keep you going toward your goal.
Eighth, failure is acceptable. You have to acknowledge and give yourself permission to accept failure. Everyone fails at something, but lack of effort is not good enough. You need to continue to try using all possible options.
Ninth, failure encourages exploration. When you fail at something you begin to explore other alternatives, look at your interests, your dreams, desires, and purpose in life. As you discover new pathways to travel, new opportunities seem to open up, and a new journey has begun.
Tenth, failure teaches resilience. Failure has a way of making you a better person. Failure teaches and strengthens resilience. Through displeasure, distress, hardship, and uncertainty, you become better at handling any of life’s challenges. Resilience is an essential tool to help anyone become a successful individual. There is no better teacher of resilience than failure.
As Henry Ford once put it nicely, “ Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again this time more intelligently” Napoleon Hill put it in another way, “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”
Hopefully, you now see how important failure is to becoming successful and how it is a useful implement in building character, courage, perseverance, motivation, creativity, exploration, and resilience. So accept your failure and use it to benefit your life.