I already wrote about failure and how it can lead to success. But this time we’ll focus on how to embrace failure itself. Does it sound crazy? Let me tell you why it is beneficial to focus on the benefits of failure and let it help you grow.
Failure is an unavoidable part of life. And it is especially familiar to everyone who has the courage to try new things and keep trying. How could you succeed if you never failed? Failure can teach you a lot and it makes you tougher. This is why it doesn’t make any sense to avoid failure at all costs or to think that there’s something wrong with you if things don’t go as planned.
If you’re serious about your goals and dreams, you have to start embracing failure. Why? Because failure is inevitable and it can work to your advantage. Let me tell you how.
1. Failure teaches you things
If you want to succeed, you have a lot to learn. Whether you want to be a successful blogger, lawyer, or artist, there are a lot of lessons you still have to learn. You can of course study and search for some tips and tricks online among other things. But failure is a better teacher than a textbook. It teaches you what exactly you did wrong.
Sometimes when you look back, you’ll notice that you did some obvious mistakes and you should’ve known better. But if you dig deeper, you’ll start seeing things you couldn’t have expected to go wrong, but they still did. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and understand what you are doing better.
This is also why it’s important for you to stop and really think about what went wrong instead of just pushing your mistakes out of your mind and pretending it never happened. If you choose to learn from your mistakes, you won’t do them again.
Failure can also help you understand what you should try next. This time things didn’t work out, but why? What can you do differently?
2. Failure makes you appreciate the journey and the victory
Some of us dream of winning the lottery or becoming successful and famous overnight. But is that really something valuable? The kind of success that you haven’t earned with your skills, courage, and perseverance? It wouldn’t be fun to have everything handed to you. Easy, yes, and certainly comfortable. But if everything worked perfectly the first time you tried, how could you see the value in it?
And let’s face it, being busy and making progress is fun and rewarding. Little by little you start seeing change and you’ll have more energy to continue. This will teach you your value and your potential.
One day your biggest dream will come true and you’ll congratulate yourself for having the perseverance to grind during the hardest of times and keep going when it seemed like you’d never make it till the end. That’s a victory worth celebrating.
3. Failure makes you stronger even if you don’t feel like it
I think we’ve all heard “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” a few too many times, but it does have a point. Failing isn’t fun and it often makes you feel like you’re not meant to succeed or you simply are not the right person to do this. But imagine what you’ll feel like when one day you get to look back at the hard times and you can tell yourself that you most definitely are the right person to do this.
The more you have to work, fail and try again, the more you learn about the topic. And the more perseverant and stubborn you’ll become. This is what will help you to finally realize your dreams. Little by little you’ll learn more, you’ll understand more, and your mistakes will become but learning lessons along the way.
4. Embracing failure teaches you that failing isn’t dangerous
Some people are so afraid of failure, they never even try to make their biggest dreams come true. Don’t be one of those people, since that just means your potential goes to waste. If you decide to embrace your failure instead and learn from your mistakes, your chances of success immediately go up.
Most failures are pretty small. You fail a class, you don’t express yourself well in a job interview, you don’t stick to your own plan. These kinds of failures aren’t dangerous. Instead, they are very normal and as common a part of life as brushing your teeth. Everyone does it, but you usually only notice when you do it. What you have to remember, is that there’s nothing shameful about some trial and error.
Start paying attention to the effects your little daily mistakes and small failures have. Do they really make much of a difference? Do they really ruin your life? No. They are just tiny learning lessons you learn before moving forward.
Even if you fail pretty big, like if you are awful at your job and get fired or your business fails and you have to take the first job you can get as a telemarketer, you’re not a failure. Your life didn’t end. It changed, sure, but you’re still kicking and ready to try again.
Just because you didn’t get your dream job this time, doesn’t mean you can never get it. Just because your first business didn’t succeed doesn’t mean that the next one couldn’t be a success.
So dare to embrace your failures, whether small or big. You’re much closer to success every time you decide to get back up and take the next step forward.
Have you ever failed big time, but kept going and then succeeded? Tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think about this topic.
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