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Many people think failure is the point to give up, but what you don’t understand is that success can’t work without failure.
Failure will not necessarily make your life or career better, however, the lessons that accompany it can and will if help you to succeed beyond bounds heed them.
From a personal experience, I’ve discovered that I always attain greater heights after hitting rock bottom, and this is probably not a coincidence because many great individuals who walked the earth all cite the same experience in quotes.
Failure and success are both related and none can work without the other.
Success is never really appreciated until you have experienced failure, that’s why I have crafted 3 benefits of failure you can use to propel yourself to success.
Failure makes you even stronger
To be honest, it is not all failures we get back up from. The ones we do bounce back from, however, often makes us stronger.
It is a tough world we live in, and most times experiencing failure makes us understand how life truly works; it brings our head out of the clouds, and our minds out of the make-believe world where we think everything is rosy.
Failure, itself, is bad but when we bounce back from it and heed its lessons, it becomes a stepping stone to success. This, then, is when failure can be used as an effective tool to make you realize that it’s a tough world we live in and only the tough can survive in it — not just survive — but become successful.
I get so frustrated and somewhat steamed up whenever I cross paths with overbearing and overprotective parents who try to hide the reality of the world from their kids. This only makes such children ignorant and they tend to fall hard and not get back up whenever they are thrown life-punches.
Katy Perry didn’t give up after being rejected by three record companies, neither did Walt Disney give up after filing for bankruptcy for his first company. But these people got back up and forged ahead.
Be tough and resilient, because when the going gets tough only the tough gets going.
Failure increases your knowledge and experience
It was Thomas Edison who said “why would I like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitely over 9,000 ways an electric light bulb will not work.”
He said this right after failing 9,000 times to produce the first ever working electric light bulb.
Failure doesn’t mean the end of the road, it’s mere tiny bridges that you are supposed to use to regain your strength to enable you to cross over to the next level.
After you get back up and dust yourself, you will have added an experience to your life making you wiser and more careful as not to failing the same way again.
Failure makes you cautious, it helps you to become less vulnerable to the same mistakes thereby making you more learned and experienced in your field.
Failure helps you to discover your passion
“Success consist of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill.
Failure helps you realize whether you like what you do or not.
Whenever you fail at something and you still get back up and carry on without loss of interest, you will know downright that you have successfully chosen a career you are passionate about.
Most people already fail without realizing it because they pursue a career they are not passionate about.
Bill Gates, even after his first business failed, he didn’t lose enthusiasm or interest in what he loved doing, he was resilient till Microsoft became a major success.
The goal is to keep on doing what you love despite failure until your big break because success is usually just around the corner.
I’m not in support of learning from your own mistakes, in other words, waiting till you fail before you succeed.
However, never let failure hinder you from your big dreams — learn to use your failure as a stepping stone just as Michael Jordan did, as Arianna Huffington did, and as many other successful individuals did.
Never view failure as the last junction. Always bear in mind that a setback is a setup for a takeoff!
Let every failure be a backstory of your success.
After all is said and done, it all falls to you to decide whether to let failure stop you or to propel you to your success.
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