Essay On Failures

“Failure is not fatal, it call be the stepping stone to success, if you call 11Iake ‘the failure’ to work for you.” “Failures are our best teachers, they are the mirrors who show us our real face. “

Every successful man fails at some time. Failure-tells you about your weaknesses, shortcomings, lack of preparations, lack of efforts so if you can manage to learn from failures, you will definitely reach where you started out to go. Making a mistake is not a crime, the ability to learn from it contribute to lasting success. Extract the lesson to be learnt from failure and try again with redoubled vigor. Facing failure make one strong, more wise and more resolute, spur them on to greatest efforts. There is no failure in truth save from within; unless we are beaten there, wear we are bound to succeed.

‘Failures’ means lack of preparation, lack of competitiveness, lack of analyzing the things properly. Failures not only tell us that we couldn’t prepare ourselves up to the level of success and reveal our shortcomings, but also give us encouragement to try again with more preparations, with more labour and with more hard work. Failures are the stepping stones to success. Every successful man has failed, not once but ‘ several times, in their life, but they analyzed the things in real perspective and tried again with more vigor and zeal and got success. Failures should not allowed to create frustration, desperateness or disappointment, instead failure should be taken as a boon which give you strength to fight back with fierce fortitude and invincible zeal.

One who try, is always the better than the one who dare not to try, only a person who dares to try can have a chance of success. Blessed are those, who once failed, is a saying worth to follow. It means that the failures make us capable to evaluate our shortcomings and purge us to reach the higher ideals, higher planks.

Abraham Lincoln failed very many times in his life, but never got frustrated and fought with more determination, with full devotion and became the President of America. Indian freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel, saw face of failures not once but several times, but never daunted or became desperate they all had fought to attain the sacred goal of attaining freedom, and as a result, they attained it.

Nothing that comes too easily is worth satisfying? When you want to succeed, be ready to pay the price for it, which include braving failures and setbacks and keep persistent with your efforts till the goal is achieved. The reasons of failure may seem staggering if viewed collectively but looked at individually, they will no longer be formidable. You can either be defeated or discouraged by failure or you can learn from it and analyze the causes of failure, remove them and endeavour again with all your strength and energy, it is sure30u will get success.

Mere talking idle, day dreaming or aimless drifting will not take you to goal, but only divert your attention and dissipate your energy and strength. Hardships, obstacles, failures are the various moments in the way of success. They are not to be evaded but to face them bravely, courageously and with double vigor.

A Child can seldom learn to walk, without making sustained and sincere efforts in the process tumbling and falling down a number of times. His failure never deter him to stop standing again. The doggedness in the child’s resolve lies in making any number of attempts to stand up and walk whatever be the pain or fear of fall.

The failures are the real path-indicators of success. The failures give us clues to rectify our mistakes and tell us how to club our efforts in the right direction so that we get success one day positively.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Little minds are tamed and subdued by failures, misfortunes, but great minds rise above it. We must face every adverse circumstance as its master and do not let it master us. Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their failures in the beginning. So failures are the pillars of success, stepping stones to success.


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23 Aug 2012, Vol 0 Issue 1

It's almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. Failure is a part of life; everyone has experienced failure at some time or other.

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even,” legendary boxer Muhammad Ali had once declared.

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Yet the greatest barrier to success and one of the biggest fears in life that people have is - fear of failure. It is also the major reason that holds back people from realizing their full potential and achieving their goals.

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Fear of failure immobilizes you, restricts you to your comfort zone, prevents you from moving forward in life and hampers your chances of success.

Defeat is not easy to swallow. There is no worse feeling than facing failure. Failure leaves you bitter, miserable and depressed.

It is then not difficult to understand why most people are afraid of failing. They prefer to play it safe by restricting themselves to their comfort zone and avoiding any risks.

But playing it safe can also be risky. It puts you out of action. You choose to forgo potential opportunities and push yourself into mediocrity. When you restrict yourself to your cocoon, you keep yourself from tapping your full potential.

Failure is a matter of perspective. Many think failure as the opposite of success. But failures are in fact the stepping stones of success. Nothing worthwhile in life has ever been achieved without a series of failures. Failure is, as James Allen has rightly pointed out, one of the ‘pathways to attainment.’

Buckminster Fuller, the renowned American philosopher, architect, and inventor, popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture once said, “Whatever humans have learned had to be learned as a consequence only of trial and error experience. Humans have learned only through mistakes.”

Fuller has to his credit 28 patents; has authored 28 books and has received more than 60 honorary degrees.

Successful people also make mistakes. They also fail but they don’t give up. Instead they remain steadfast. They overcome their fear of failure and are quick to learn from their mistakes.

There are numerous examples of celebrities, sportspersons, actors, authors and leaders who inspite of facing defeat did not give up on their dreams. They succeeded in overcoming their fear of failure.

Michael Jordan was cut from the school basketball team; Steve Jobs was fired from his own company; Warren Buffet was rejected by Harvard University, Richard Branson is a high school dropout, Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections and Thomas Edison, failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb.

Failure did not keep these great people away from achieving their goals and becoming extra-ordinarily successful.

As Emerson said, “Life is a series of experiments, the more you make the better. Each failure is a trial in an experiment and an opportunity for growth. Even if a failure costs you financially, the educational benefits can far outweigh the loss.”

Overcoming fear of failure is a major factor toward the achievement of goals. The highly successful people are not the most intelligent, most gifted or blessed.

They are just ordinary people who view failures as temporary speed breakers on the road to success. They are successful because they have developed the skill of learning from their mistakes and are willing to move out of their comfort zone and take calculated risks.

When you try, there is no guarantee that you will succeed. But if you don’t try, you are sure to fail.

So don’t let fear of failure hold you back from reaching out for your goals. The key to success is not avoiding failure but to overcome the fear of failure; learn from your failures and use them to build yourself up.

"Failure should be our teacher not our undertaker.

Failure is delay not defeat.

It is temporary detour not a dead end." –Denis Waitley

The Author is a Motivational counselor, Speaker, Ophthalmologist, and Author of 'Principles of Success Made Easy-14 Easy Steps to Climb the Ladder of Success'

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