Cambridge dictionary defines failure as the absence of success while success is achieving of the results wanted or hoped for. Depending on one’s philosophy, failure or success can be handled in different ways. The fear of failure often leads to a high rate of depression, anxiety, or even suicide and success has been known to cause laxity and complacency.
Failure, just like success is an inevitability in every man’s life but sometimes, we forget to celebrate the little victories that come our way. Living is tedious and if you consider the report from ecology global network, 2 people die every 2 seconds, I think you should be at least happy to be alive.
There’s often the misconception that failure is the absence or lack of success but I beg to differ. To a determined person, failure is but a stumbling blockade to success. In some way, we can say the struggles, trials and challenges make success sweet.
Having the right mindset towards failure and success is essential in achieving your dreams. There will be long fought battles, times when progress is being made, but in all the prize should be the focal point. Overcoming challenges is sweet as it’s the fuel to continue overcoming the hinderances that might lay ahead.
If you’ve ever seen kids teach themselves how to walk, you’d see the power of failure In success. I remember watching my niece try so hard to walk; despite how many times she fell she got up and was ready to try again. I bet she was frustrated by that but you know what? Nothing compares to that smile she had on her face when she hobbled towards me smiling ear to ear having successfully made her first few steps.
In some instances, like with the baby, we could say it was instinctive and in others, it is deliberate. The idea of success whether voluntary or not remains the same, and the victory comes with a sweetening relief. This means that the potential to be successful or failure is embedded in every one, the freewill given to every human.
Failure isn’t the absence or lack of success, it’s really that plain and simple. There are different standards and if you’re like me who’s very self critical, you’re probably hard to impress. Your lofty standards whether they be social norms or otherwise tend to weigh you down and while this is understandable, the truth is, the fact you keep trying and irrespective of how much you fail, is a success in itself.
A wise man once said that anyone who hasn’t failed hasn’t tried something new before. The thing about failing is that it gives you perspective. Other than the fact that you get to appreciate the victory a bit more, it also makes you a lot wiser because you learn a lot more from losing than succeeding.
Failing a thousand times means you know a thousand ways that don’t work. Don’t feel beaten and downcast, you’re still alive and breathing, and that’s a success on its own. Take advantage of it and don’t get complacent. Failure and success are two sides of a coin, and they both compliment each other. Life gives you the whole coin and in every toss, you never know which side will be facing up. I wonder sometimes though, what’s the end point of all the struggle? Is it to get success or learn the lessons from failing? Find out on the next episode.
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