“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Have you ever failed in anything?
Your answer is most likely yes, Gotcha!
We all have failed in many ways.
Even Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 said “do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell and got back up again,”
Many of us only see the successes of great men but we fail to read or find out about the backstory.
There is a back story and that’s exactly where you want to look. There is so much to learn from there.
But what does failure mean?
For me, I think failure means Failing to do what is Right.
As simple as that. It’s important to know when you have failed, accept it, figure out what’s right and make an actionable change, not just words.
However, there is so much to learn from failure.
Here are a few of them:
i). Remembering our failures can sober us up to see reality
Sober reflection is the act of taking a great deal of time to analyze and think through something (your life) to either recount how far you've come or to assist make a serious (life-changing) decision
When people are in their comfort zone they will hardly think outside the box. Do you know why? Because, of course, they are in their comfort zone. But failure will teach you to sit down and think. You’ll think about your life properly 😃and make critical decisions to help you never to fail again because you've seen it all.
ii). Failure humbles you more than success does
This is a no brainer. Success most of the time makes you feel like you are a god. Success sometimes can make you proud and full of yourself and eventually ruin your life if you are not careful.
Success is great. Everyone should be successful but don’t allow it to get into your head. Look back, think and remember that failure will humble you. Don’t get yourself there.
iv). You are not perfect and that is perfectly okay
Do you have the feeling that you are not perfect? Of course, you are not. No one is perfect actually, aside from God.
That’s okay. But does that mean that you have failed? Nah, but deep down I know because I have had the feeling of failure after recounting my imperfection. You can’t be perfect but you can always do your best towards achieving perfection. Sounds like a lost game, right? Why would you want to try what you know you’ve already failed at?
Well, it’s simple, would you not take your bath because you know you’ll still get dirty and will have to bathe again?
The message here is to never give up. Keep trying. You are not perfect. Know that no one is but you’ll get better in your walk towards perfection.
v). When you remember your failure you’ll be more careful
Anyone who has failed before needs not to be told to be more careful. Some people fear failure and never try anything again in their life.
Well, that’s the actual failure. Know up front that you can fail and be prepared to handle your failures. Every team in a football league comes prepared but most of them still fail. Let your failures be a guide.
While you should see failure as an opportunity to move ahead, buckle up, sober-reflect and be better, don’t dwell there. Even if you think you are a failure, you haven’t actually. You are only a failure if you refuse to stand up and fight your failures. Use your experiences as a weapon and succeed.