Fail. A word that many of us don’t want to encounter. Many of us will do a lot to perfect the situation we are in. We have been told of failures and are looking into ways to avoid it as much as we can. We put so much effort into figuring things out quickly to get up to the ladder of success. Guess what? What you’re doing is absolutely not learning and not living! We forget to experience life and teach us that mistakes are part of it and that mistakes were not really failures of the past. It is just a cruel direction to the right path.
Have you been rejected recently? Were you so low that you thought so little of yourself? Well, decades ago, there was this man who went for a job interview to work for Toyota company. He was rejected from the offer because they think he was not fitted for the job. Sad but persistent, he never gave up until he created his company called HONDA!
The oh so classical lamp of invention of Thomas Edison who failed 999 times until he succeeded in on the 1000th attempt
Akio Morita, not familiar with most of us but the owner of Sony. His first retail product was a rice cooker but never really got many sales in the market, he decided to switch and get on with television sets and other technologies that gained him a multi-dollar business called Sony Inc.
Do you know Paypal? It’s a money transfer service online that most businesses own an account of. One of the founders Max Levchin failed at his 4 owned companies, the next and the 5th of his business, PAYPAL!
I am writing this blog post more personally than most of what I’ve written. I figured that one of our biggest weaknesses can turn into our greatest strengths. Well, that sounds very familiar.
Every one of us has failed. Who hasn’t? Everyone was at some point miserable of getting out of failure, and it’s okay. It’s totally fine! I’ll tell you 5 reasons why it’s absolutely okay to fail.
1. You are prone to failure, and it doesn’t scare you anymore
You get persistent until you reach your goal. It wouldn’t scare you getting the toughest experiences because you know at the end success is waiting. At times, you achieve more than what you needed to succeed.
Whatever comes along your way, positive or negative, you will always have a way to welcome it and learn from it.
You will always tell yourself that it’s just part of the experience and ultimately, you will develop as a healthy person taking risks in life knowing that it’s okay to fail.
2. Failures will teach you a lot of lessons – which success can’t
Basically, just one of the things we hear every day from a lot of people but this is true! I was working on something that could totally change my career, failed a couple of times, but I persisted, and it paid off. I didn’t know how I really wanted to get that offer until I failed and tried again, and yes, about three times.
Had I been successful in my first attempt, I would not have known the value of patience and perseverance. The value of hard work that my parents taught me, that I had no idea when I was younger. Yes, Adulting is hard!
3. Everyone needs a little bit of failure in their lives – Everyone fails
When we are pressed so much, it exercises our brain to think more. It improves our ability to think critically and thus do more. If we every have success without failure (which I doubt no one ever did), we’ll never know how capable we are of great things. It forces us to exercise our mental toughness that doesn’t come out when we experience success.
This will allow us to truly get to know ourselves. We see what is lacking in us and therefore we work on it to improve.
We realize that we can’t do it all because of limitations, but then again we improve on those limitations and go beyond them.
J.K Rowling might have experienced immense challenges to get where she is now. Being brought up in an impoverished situation, struggling to find ends meet as a single mother, she pushed beyond what others expected from her.
4. Failure will open new doors to a new beginning.
I remember a famous quote that says “As I look back in my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”
We are being led to something different at times because things are way better on the other side of the line.
5. We realize that we can’t succeed on our own.
The world is full of people. We need to use this advantage to get to where we want to be. Family and friends are a priority and most of the time, they are there to support us. Not everyone though has these two things in their life. If you have both, you are lucky. On our way to reaching our goals, remember that you are not alone. The simple things people could do for you aside from your friends and family such as getting you a ride to your destination, people processing for your papers, experience you learn from a colleague that made you a better worker.
It would be hard to work on your own, and maybe some people will never really get what they actually want because of doing alone. Your initiative brought you to success and the way you do things together with other people.
It is humbling to say that we need people in our lives as companions to give us that excitement, happiness, and direction.
So whatever you are facing right now, don’t give up. It is entirely okay to fail sometimes. Maybe even better to teach us a few valuable things in life. It’s time to find a new perspective and just always remind yourself that one day, you will be able to reap the rewards!
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