For many people, failure is viewed as the ultimate catastrophe. It’s frustrating, even outright humiliating sometimes, and it can make you feel as if all the effort you poured into what you were trying to do was completely wasted. It can make you feel like giving up on your goals altogether, and for a lot of people, this is exactly what happens; they interpret their failure at something as a sign that it’s never going to happen, so they simply accept defeat. But what successful people know is that failure is part of the process.
People who succeed in life are those who refuse to allow a temporary setback to turn into a permanent defeat. When things don’t work out as planned, they just pick themselves back up, learn from what happened, and then keep on going. Successful individuals view failure as a learning experience, and even as an opportunity to improve upon their original idea. Failure, in fact, is a good thing because it means you’re out there doing something; the only people who never fail are those who never even make the attempt to do anything with their lives.
Yes, failure can hurt. It bruises the ego a whole awful lot and this can make a lot of people want to shut down their dreams to avoid risking further pain. But don’t let wounded pride give you an excuse to quit on something that means so much to you; when things fall apart on you, use the opportunity to build something even better out of the wreckage. Because failure is part of the process and persistence, as they say, pays off.
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Thank you so much for discussing this topic. It is one of the most important ones in LOA. Gurus talk about it all the time and it is actually part of the Laws of Success. It was this topic that got me into LOA in the first place. The stories you shared brought tears to my eyes. Very emotional.
I can’t think of any successful person who did not learn from failure. It is definitely part if the process. My question is, how do we handle the peanut gallery who tell us to throw in the towel, forget about it, give us alternatives, tell us we are getting old, blah, blah, blah. I would think that if everyone abandons us, we do not abandon ourselves, right? Some things take a long time. I stopped counting actually because it does not matter, really, in the universe’s eyes and that is all that matters.
You’re welcome, A. I think we all have a tendency to be too hard on ourselves when it comes to failure. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we’d planned — it happens. But rather than beating ourselves up for it, we can choose to learn from what happened and move on. Getting stuck in a bad-feeling place doesn’t help anyone. I love these kinds of success stories, too — they really do illustrate what perseverance and believing in yourself can lead to.
The people who keep telling you to throw in the towel are doing it because either a) they’re worried about you and don’t want to see you get hurt or b) they gave up something that was important to them and they don’t want you to show them that they could have chosen otherwise because it would be too painful for them. So take their comments with a grain of salt, and remember that you are the only one who knows what’s really best for you. If you want to change your path, that’s OK — you are allowed to change your mind, and there is nothing wrong with that. As people grow and evolve, it’s normal for their dreams and goals to change, so don’t cling to something that no longer serves you just because you want to make a point. On the other hand, if there is a dream in your heart that is still important to you, then don’t give up on it just because other people think you should.