Why Failure is Good For You

“Every failure, every adversity and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”

Napoleon Hill

How do you view failure? Do you see it as something negative that you don’t want to be associated with or do you see it as something positive? Most people don’t like failure.

Fear of failure is the main reason why more than 80% of people are not prepared to change their circumstances. Why do people fear failure so much? The reason for this is that people don’t understand the dynamics involved in success and failure.

There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything in life. When we do it the right way, we are met with success. Needless to say, that when we do something the wrong way, we are usually unsuccessful.

Understanding this is important because it puts failure in perspective and removes the fear associated with it.

When someone who doesn’t understand this dynamic is met with temporary failure, they give up thinking that they are not good enough or that they will never make it. But is this true? Does the fact that you didn’t make it the first time mean that you are not good enough? Does it mean that you’ll never make it? Not at all! It only means that YOU HAVE NOT FOUND THE CORRECT METHOD YET.

So, what do you do next? You go back and try to find out where you went wrong. Then you try again using a different method. When this doesn’t work, you go back and look at everything you have done so far. Talk to successful people who have made it in this area. Think of what you might have left out and try again.

Whatever you do, don’t give up. Why do you need to do this? Failure contains the seed of victory and of success.

Failure teaches you what works and what doesn’t. When you study the reasons for your failure and learn from it, you’ll find the key to your success. The great inventor Thomas Edison knew this truth better than anyone else. It took Edison 8000 trials to perfect the Edison battery. Afterwards he uttered this famous quote, “At least we know 8000 things that don’t work”.

Every successful person has had to overcome temporary defeat at one time or another. You haven’t really failed until you’ve accepted defeat. Success earned in spite of earlier failure is so much sweeter than reached otherwise.

Those who earn success in this way know the road to success. They are not afraid of losing what they have because they have learned how to become successful. Those that easily reach success don’t know this road.

They got there so quickly that they didn’t really learn much along the way. Consider the following analogy: Two guys travel to the same destination. The one travels by airplane and the other by car, but the one arriving by car had a few breakdowns along the way.

If you take these two guys back to their original position and ask them to find their way to their destination, who do you think is going to remember the road better the next time? Surely the guy who had a few breakdowns and spent some time on the road, because he had the opportunity to look around.

Don’t allow temporary defeat to be an obstacle any longer. You have many hidden talents, so start working towards realizing your dreams. Don’t be numbed by the fear of failure. Failure is an ally because it contains the seeds of success.

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