Failure - A Stepping Stone to Success
FAILURE IS NOT THE END
Success and failure go hand in hand. On the one hand, success gives us a sense of joy and pride, and on the other failure is one the toughest things to deal with and happens frequently in life. We often fear failure because it affects our ego and sense of identity in relation to the world around us.
Failure can make us feel ineffective, inadequate and isolated. But this stage of failure is temporary.
Failure is a stepping stone to success. It is said that if a person fails once, he should not loose heart. He must observe the mistakes that lead him to failure and try to overcome them in his next attempt. Repeated efforts lead one to success. Life is a long journey and in the course of life and career, one has to face many ups and downs. Failure gives a better point of view through which we can march to success. Failure is often treated as the end of the road. Most people fall into depression or loose hopes when they face failure. However, failure should be seen as a message, which helps us to embark on a new journey and give us the courage to explore new routes to achieve the goals. Failure is a great teacher, it makes us think, it makes us learn and, above all, it makes us become better individuals. We learn from our mistakes and face new challenges with courage.
A person who has faced failure in life will always realize the value of success. But a successful person who hasn't faced failure will never know what hard work and perseverance mean and, therefore, he will not be able to maintain that success.
"It's impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." - J.K. Rowling
To put in simpler words, failure is inevitable. Therefore, one must not be afraid of them. Instead of having a positive outlook on failure and learning lessons from it, they only view the negative aspect of it. Those who consider failure as an opportunity to do better, never let it overwhelm themselves. Such people succeed in life sooner or later because they have faith in themselves. Such people may or may not be optimists, but they resolve to overcome their weaknesses or shortcomings, their focus automatically shifts to the lessons they can learn from it.
Failure is what stops us from trying, daring and taking that initial step into the unknown to realize our dreams. What we often do not realize and then accept is that failure is a merely a process through which everyone in their lives has to travel in order to achieve something great.
Those ''lucky'' ones, have made it in life are no exceptions,- they too had to face many failed attempts. Their courage and persistence allowed them to overcome the failures. Instead of being dragged down, they use these experiences as stepping stones for their next, successful attempt. The secret is to look at our failures and take only the necessary from them - the lesson that they taught us, and make sure that the next time around we correct our errors. Rather than focusing on the apparent, "catastrophe" that we have landed in, we should analyze our actions and determine what went wrong. Be sure that the next time around we change our behavior to ensure a different outcome.
Just an example, Amitabh Bachchan, a mega superstar, is also not exception. When he came to Bollywood, he was ignored by everyone for his poor appearance. He didn't lose heart. In the beginning he did the cameo role as one in Anand, but he was observed for his talent and became the Mega Superstar of India.
A few tips which will help you overcome the fear of failure and move forward with confidence:
"Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine." - Jack Ma
MOST IMPORTANT POINTS TO REACH YOUR GOAL ARE :
> Evaluate yourself correctly considering your strengths and weaknesses.
> With consistent planning and coordinating with your employees, besides imaginative hard work you are sure to achieve success.
> Sustaining excellent quality in whatever you do is a vital factor leading to success.
> Don't waste your time with people who underestimate your merit and those who speak ill of you.
> Congratulate yourself even for small achievements.