Failure - A Stepping Stone to Success



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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.

Failure and setbacks are normal part of life. They make us aware of our shortcomings and encourage us to conquer them.

"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:


Acceptance :  



Failure is a part of life, there’s no big deal about it. Everybody fails in some or the other point in life. But it’s important to acknowledge and accept the failure. This would not only help you to ease out stress but will let you learn from the mistakes which were made. Once you are able to take the failures in constructive terms, that very moment you’ll see yourself becoming more mature and improving big time in whatever endeavors you take, not only restricted to MBA or other entrance exams like.

Speak up and discuss :



It’s a human tendency to laud our success and to hide our failures. But trying to bottle out our failures and fears too much can have a detrimental effect on our well being. It may lead to mental stress and result in a loss of self-confidence. So, if you are feeling depressed about something, speak up and discuss it with your closed ones. They may be your parents, teachers, close friends or anybody who will support you and motivate you to bounce back strongly.

Positive thinking :



The best weapon to overcome failure is positive thinking. Try to stay motivated and adopt some activities in everyday life like meditation, sports, etc. which help you keep positive. This would help you move forward in life because failures are not a one-time affair in someone’s life.

Retrospection :

The best weapon to overcome failure is positive thinking. Try to stay motivated and adopt some activities in everyday life like meditation, sports, etc. which help you keep positive. This would help you move forward in life because failures are not a one-time affair in someone’s life.



"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.

In conclusion, failure and setbacks are normal part of life. They make us understand where we can improve and encourage us to persist. It is the wise who takes advantage of their failures.



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