Failure is succeeding; it picks you back up and gives you a second chance.
So many individuals spend their whole lives trying to be perfect at everything they do, not understanding that failure is a consequential key to success.
Failure is not something easy to experience. It’s heartbreaking to know that you fell short, but it can also be a pivotal moment in your life or a great learning experience.
One of the best benefits that comes from failure is that it may build resilience. By understanding what we are failing at, we can bounce back even stronger. You learn from the mistakes that were made that led to the failure. Avoiding the same mistakes can help you to avoid that same failure.
Resilience is a big component of recovering from a failure. This experience can build character by teaching you not to give up when things get difficult. Another way to put it is when a large challenge comes up, you keep trying to get through it instead of walking away and giving up.
Failure also helps build compassion. Understanding what it takes to come back from a disappointing failure makes people more humble and accepting of having to try again.
The compassion that comes from failing may also lead to sharing your failures to help others avoid making similar mistakes.
An article by Melissa Bernstein focuses on how to teach kids about failure. She recommends trying to get kids to understand that failure is an important aspect of life. Even though her article is focused more on the younger generation it still has important advice.
“Share a story from your work life or social life that could be viewed as a failure on your part. Talk about how you felt, what you learned, and how you would handle it when you face a similar situation in the future,” Bernstein writes.
Failing is just a fact of life. Think about it: if we never fail, we are just setting ourselves up for a more agonizing failure. We are more scared of the possibility of failure than we are to actually fail.
Alyssa Tucker is a writer for Hawk Talk, a student-run blog. Tucker writes about the success that comes from making mistakes and having setbacks.
“Having a ‘no fear’ mentality towards failure allows us to benefit from whatever action-outcome combination may arise,” Tucker writes. “It isn’t about seeking out failure but rather accepting challenges that are no guarantee to go in your favor. It is about learning from the mistakes that led to a failing outcome and about finding your own strength.”
A failure can open your eyes to what you are good at and what you need to improve. It shows that you took a risk in an unfamiliar situation.
When you do not succeed, a new path or opportunity opens up. Sometimes it takes falling flat on your face to realize that there isn’t one set path for you.
Failing leads to success when you find that one thing that sparks your interest that you can succeed in after putting forth effort and energy. Your potential is not predetermined.
Challenges help you grow, and, with those challenges, your effort and attitude determine your ability to get back up and try again. Look at a challenge with a different perspective and with an open mind set. Take a step back, and see a situation in a new light.
There is a whole world of possibilities to discover; go down new paths and try new experiences. These new experiences will probably lead to failures, but it is those exact failures that will help you learn and grow as a person.
Failure leads to self growth and self discovery. Jeremiah 8:4 says, “Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: When people fall down, do they not get up? When someone turns away, do they not return?’”
Fail, get back up, try again and fail again. After all, failure is a good thing.