Failure is a word that can give Goosebumps to anyone even in sleep.
We all are afraid of failing in life, which leads to tension and stress. Fear of failing can be in any form like, the university exam, in executing the new project in the office, failing in becoming a good parent, the list goes on.
Everyone faces failure in life and at times it is so fearful that one may get a panic attack or may have severe depression. High stress may lead to irregular blood pressure and many more ailments. At times we are so obsessed by this fear that we refrain from trying anything new and even stop others from the same.
Failure is scary?
I may sound strange saying, failure is not that scary, and one can learn a lot from it. You must embrace failure because it shows how one can be better and more successful. On failing we criticize ourselves and at times allowing our failures to hold us back. Fear of failing is so high that it resists us from trying again.
History has shown many times that success doesn’t come easy to all, but if you are ready to fight and keep on trying it will surely come. Just imagine how hard it would have been for Winston Churchill to keep on trying as he lost all the elections for public office, until he succeeded for the post of Prime Minister at the age of 62. How about KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders, who started KFC at the age of 65. His childhood was not easy, and he too failed many times in life
“Failure is so important, we speak about success all the time, but it is the ability to resist or use failure that often leads to greater success” – J. K. Rowling
How to learn from failure?
We don’t have to run away or avoid failures but to change our perspective towards it, accept it and learn to prepare for the bigger success. There are plenty of reasons for us to embrace it, I would like to put some of them below as what failure can bring us in disguise-
1. Teaches us -
When Thomas Edison was asked about his failures, he replied by saying – “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Learning something by failing stays with us for life long and we can devise a new method. While researching scientists go by hit and trial as they don’t know which procedure will generate the desired result.
2. Reveals our ability –
We come to know about our capabilities and what is the core area that we must improve on. Unless a person fails, he will never come to know about his limits and will not be able to push beyond the limits.
3. Makes us stronger –
After a person fails, he is destroyed but soon he grows immune to the pain and comes out stronger than before.
Failure strengthens our character and makes a better version of ourselves. With every failure we grow stronger.
4. Inspires us –
On failing, we know how much it hurts and hence work with more energy and focus, often with a wish to avoid another failure. The experience which brings you to the path of success is worth having.
5. Builds courage –
One who had failed many times, have courage to start again, as many lack this under the fear of failure.
When you are comfortable in taking challenges and accepting failures, you have more courage to take risk and make more attempts.
6. Gives better opportunities –
At times we are not aware of our abilities and we try for something which we consider as perfect, but we fail in that. We feel bad, frustrated and humiliated. After some time, we get another opportunity which we had never thought of and is far better than the previous one. May be its nature’s way of leading to the best suited things for us.
As said by the famous basketball player Michael Jordan – “I can accept failure everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Only because of this attitude to try harder every time he failed, he reached to the pinnacle of success.