The greatest scientist of our time Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress”. Nothing can be more truthful than this, yet we often treat failure as final, and make failure a self-fulfilling prophecy. When people tell you that you cannot achieve this, and you accept their pronouncement, you are actively colluding with them in making it true. Yet, you will find many who refused to accept this and despite all odds against them, made their way to success. The difference is in stopping and calling it quits. Your enthusiasm is one anti-dote that will always keep you going despite the hurdles.
What is Failure?
Failure is not the ultimate outcome; it is just an intermediary step to success. We look at failure the wrong way. We have been conditioned to accept failure as something to feel ashamed about from our childhood. The school grade sheets that mark school children as “Failed” should be replaced with one that says “Didn’t Try Too Hard”. Is it not the truth? Once a student tries hard, he succeeds. So what is the big deal about failure! Unfortunately, we all have been led to believe that failure is something that grades or rather, degrades people. Believing in such negative thoughts will only extinguish the enthusiasm one has.
Almost every successful person will admit that their journey was made across several milestones of failures. In fact, failures make you a person worthy of the success. Failure has a way of teaching and polishing the capabilities of the person. Taken in the right spirits it should develop enthusiasm and appetite to make more attempts, armed with the learning it has imparted. Enthusiasm and a sense of purpose is what you must have to stumble from one failure to another without losing your steam.
Key Lessons from Failure
Most of the time failure acts as a progressive step towards success. It is as if failures trains and hones the skills of the person to reach his goal. A few learning that failure imparts are:
- Makes you realize your shortcomings.
- It shapes your moral values in the right directions.
- Makes you more mature and wise.
- It changes your outlook towards obstacles, setback and diversity.
- It inculcates the quality of steadfastness and persistence.
- Teaches you better time and financial management.
These benefits are just illustrative. In fact, failures can actually make you a better person and brightens your likelihood to achieving your goals.
Necessary Ingredients to Turn Failures Into Success
Now that you have tasted failures, be assured that it is going to lead you to success. Success will definitely come just as a new dawn comes after every dark night. However, the only problem is, often people get dejected and quit all their endeavors. What happens then is, you forfeit all your learning and experiences you gained through your failures. This is what one should avoid and guard himself against. This is where a renewed dose of enthusiasm comes handy.
Here are a few wise tips to reap the harvest from your failures and reach your destination to success:
Continue to have a Positive Attitude
Just because the outcome didn’t turn out the way you expected doesn’t make you a failure. Failure is a process, not an adjective or a noun to describe you.
Carry on with Persistence and Enthusiasm
Commitment to yourself and your goals is the key. Time and circumstances change. Don’t let your enthusiasm fade away.
Keep your Desires and Dreams Alive
Do not forget to water your desires and dreams and keep them green and flourishing. These will keep fuelling you and never let you surrender your ambitions.
Strategize your Work Discipline Smartly
Put your learning to good use by re-planning your moves, make changes where necessary, re-arrange the priorities and re-energize yourself.
If you keep at it with all the commitments you have promised yourself, one fine day, even before you realize, you will come face-to-face with success. This is what every successful person, who has carried on with relentless enthusiasm, has to say and you will not be an exception to this.
Written By: Raj Kumar Hansdah