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Building on Failure

Have you ever failed at anything before? When faced with a setback, what action did you take? Did you learn from it, or did it discourage you? Nobody likes failure, nobody wants to fail, but failure is an inevitable part of life. The question is: How do you handle failure?

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If you stumble during a race, your options are to either get back up and keep running or remain where you are. Here, stumbling is like failure but if you choose to get back up, you have a chance to reach the finish line and possibly win the race. However, if you remain on the spot, you will not make progress and will never reach the finish line.

Handling Failure

We all experience failure. Failure can be awkward and painful, so it is natural to avoid situations that could fail. However, it can be beneficial; we can learn from it and improve in the future.

By embracing failure, you redefine your journey. You give yourself the chance to recognize your shortcomings, rewrite your story, and come back stronger.

Thomas Edison is famous for inventing the “light bulb.” His light bulb invention wasn’t an instant success, he failed a lot. He made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb before successfully creating a bulb that could glow for extended periods. If he had given up on his first few attempts, he would not have invented the light bulb.

The way we respond to failure can either hold us back or push us forward and determine our future success. Would you rather dwell on your failures and make no progress, or do you learn from them and prepare for a better future? I leave you with a quote by Barack Obama, “You can’t let your failures define you, you have to let your failures teach you”.

So, whenever you feel you have failed at something, Ask yourself;

  • what went wrong?
  • How can I avoid making the same mistake?
  • what do I need to improve?

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