Everybody, and I mean everybody, has to deal with failure at some point in life. What really matters is, what you learn from your failures. Here are just eight of the many things that failure will teach you:
- Definitions of success and failure vary across people and cultures. Make sure you follow your own yardstick.
- You are stronger than you think, and braver than you know.
- Your true friends and well wishers will love you and support you even if you do fail at something. That’s just one of the reasons why you must value them.
- Worrying about an outcome cannot do any good or change the course of events – so just aim to stay calm and focussed.
- There is no such thing as a “foolproof plan”. Keep plans B and C ready, and be prepared for anything.
- It takes guts and character to acknowledge that you messed up. But doing so, can be tremendously liberating. Owning up to a mistake sets you free and allows you to move forward.
- Failure simply means that you tried something and it didn’t work out. There is no shame in trying – it takes courage to step out of your comfort zone and make an effort to do something great.
- Nothing in this world is permanent – neither success, nor failure. Don’t idolise the former, and definitely don’t fear the latter. Failure is just an opportunity to try again.
Signing off with one of my favourite quotes about failure, by J.K. Rowling: “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”