Is failure a success? Short and sweet, you’re damn right it is!
Failure can often be one of the best ways to succeed, because all that a failure really is, is an attempt to succeed that hasn’t worked, yet.
We’ve all heard about how many different materials Edison used on his way to discovering the light bulb. He took each failure as a step in the right direction towards achieving his goal. And he didn’t give up. Even when people asked why he persisted after so many failed attempts, he simply said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
And that’s really what it’s all about. Your attitude. How you choose to see your failures. You can choose to become despondent and give up easily, then beat yourself up and wallow in self pity and low self esteem. Or you can choose the optimist’s approach. One that is so strongly entrenched in self-belief and determination, that giving up simply does not exist as an option.
Each failure, each crack at it that falls short, every single effort that misses the mark – are all important lessons on the road to success. Because from simply doing what we believe we should in order to succeed, the failures we experience along the way are merely useful guides that point out what doesn’t work. They teach us, they are lessons to be learned and they direct us to better and more appropriate ways to accomplish what we set out to succeed in doing in the first place.
There is an old saying – “nothing succeeds like success” – that can sometimes dishearten those set to succeed, who may be failing along the way and be close to giving up. It is really meant to motivate and inspire us to greatness through determination, but could just as easily have been written by someone gloating at his own good fortune and mocking those who fail. It all depends on how you look at it.
But consider this: There are thousands of fine examples of successes that have become dismal failures. Great ideas have failed miserably – think about the unsinkable Titanic; brilliantly successful people have crashed and burned – we all know a few; and booming businesses have come tumbling down. Even on a global scale, for example, the initial success of thalidomide was later to become one of the worst medical tragedies in history.
So there is even failure in success. Nothing is guaranteed or constant, because the only guaranteed constant is change. And the only one in your life with direct influence on the choices you make, that affect the changes that are necessary, to produce your desired results, is YOU!
Something else Edison said that rings so true, is that many of failures in your life are missed opportunities when you didn’t know how actually close you were to the success.
The only time failure is a failure, is if you abort. The only time you truly fail is if you give up. So, never give up on anything you truly believe in. Why? Because every single failure is a success. And you will pleasantly surprise yourself with the abundance of capacity and resource you have if you simply choose to believe in you!
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