Failure is a stepping stone to success, winning streaks comes from failure… statement or fact? We only know success begets success and failure leads to depression and loss of confidence this is what we’re taught since younger days. We we’re taught to eulogize success and scorn failure. When we fail, we feel everything is lost and we can never bounce back again. We feel we are finished for good. Psychologically it uproots our belief system and makes us lose faith in ourselves. We have been conditioned to think like that by our society and also at home. However, failure is not an end, it’s just a bend.
Today’s generations are restless to achieve success. They constantly chase success, by hook or by crook want to achieve. Yes, to stay in the rat race and climb social ladder, success is important. However, in the hurry to achieve success in the face of mindless competition, many times they resort to short circuiting the value systems. The success one achieves through such means are temporary, not long lasting and soul satisfying.
Whereas, failures teach you immense lessons and give a different perspective on the problem of life. As the saying goes “an empty stomach teaches more lessons than all the universities”. It’s also true with failure provided you accept and look at it as a lesson. You may rest assured you will emerge successful in the future attempts.
Failure could be plinth on which you could build your edifice of success if you have learnt the lesson of embracing failure as part and parcel of success.
Failure is not the end of the road, it just gives a different perspective, provided if you look at it from a rational point of view and not succumb to play of emotions. No significant success worth mentioning has been achieved without failed attempts or repeated failures and history mirror’s many examples.
Thomas Alva Edison has failed several times before he could discover the right material, tungsten….he illuminated the whole world through incandescent light bulbs….a lasting success.
Sepoy Mutiny against British rule in 1857 was a failed attempt, but it gave sufficient insight, courage and created a solid platform for freedom fighters to organize the future freedom struggle in a better way. After several failed attempts…we got independence.
Success of Mangalyaan is a shining example of success built on previous failures, ISRO partially failed on chandrayaan -1 mission, but the project team did not succumb to the avalanche of negativity heaped on them. They learnt immense lessons; through frugal and innovative engineering with precision timings made the MOM project a grand success and the whole world looked at India as champion of space programs.
Walt Disney was fired by his employer; he was told he lacks imagination and creativity. How he used this to his advantage and became world famous, it’s there for all of us to see……. rest is history.
Most of us do not risk doing new things because of fear of failure and associated social stigma. Psychologically we are conditioned to think that it’s shameful to fail and failure means end of the road.
Failure strips you of your pride. Pride is a pseudo feeling that feeds on our ego. We feel hurt since ego has no fodder to feed on. Look at it dispassionately and analyze what causes you to feel so, you will get an answer. Failure has inherent lessons and it teaches you to be humble and gives you a better understanding of other side of life.
Here are some random thoughts to overcome the burden of failure and step into the shoes of success.
❖ Each failure is a chance to grow better and wiser.
❖ Remember great achievers have failed several times before success embraced them.
❖ Your motto is to be resilient and you must find ways to identify reasons and rectify the issues to bounce back.
❖ Do not hold on to the pain for long, don’t succumb to play of emotions, do some reality check. Go to the root cause of failure and address it (many tools available for root cause analysis).
❖ Relook at the goals; many times we do not set the realistic achievable goals.
❖ Think of changing the approach….
❖ Have positive affirmation and never keep ruminating about your failures.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts”…..Winstun churchil