The word “failure” is often used to describe a person that is unsuccessful. People would refer to J.K Rowling,successful author of Harry Potter, as a failure. She had an exceptionally short lived marriage, a lone parent, was jobless and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. Yet she ascend from rags to riches. Forbes estimated Rowling’s net worth to be US$1 billion and she was named ‘Most Influential Woman in Britain’ by leading magazine editors. People often define failure as not meeting the intended objective. They believe that when they set a goal and fail to get it the first time, it means that they failed. And yet by this definition many successful people we hold the utmost respect for will be deemed at once a failure.
Failure is not defined in a single event. If you were to define it in such a way, everyone would seen as a failure. If you were to define it in such a way, you will never dare to step out of your comfort zone. How should we define failure then?
True failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. When met with a setback, what sets a failure from a winner is his ability to look forward and soar up from failure. Some people perhaps of their pampered upbringing, has never meet with adversity in their life and when met with a setback their whole world came falling apart. This is usually the reason why most child stars, despite possess a head start in life, usually fall from grace to become wreckage. They never had the time and experience to cultivate their character that flourish from triumph over failures. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minster at the age of 62. He had a speech impediment which he worked hard to subjugate and became one of the greatest public speakers. Imagine if Churchill stopped at his last attempt campaigning for the public office or gave up on overcoming his speech disability… Without Churchill, millions in Britain would not be able to draw strength from the inspiration of his speech and leadership during the dark days of the world war. Like Churchill as long as you do not give up, you have not failed yet!
It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed without failing. People often succeed through failures. Successful people believe that when they did not meet a set goal, they have not failed. As long as they do not quit, they are just one step closer to success. They see every setback as a learning experience. Failure,while a harsh teacher at times, is the best teacher. It can teaches us insight and wisdom that can never learn in books and sows seeds of success into our life.
Successful people believe that when they set a goal and did not meet it, they have not failed. As long as they do not quit, they are just one step closer to success; They see every attempt as a learning experience. J.K Rowling had her seed of success sowed by failure. Failure taught her to stop pretending to herself that she was anything other than what she was. Failure gave her an inner security that she had never attained by passing examinations. Had she succeed in anything else she might have never found the determination in writing Harry Potter and that this formative experiences informed much of what she subsequently wrote in Harry Potter.
The greatest failure in life is to not even try. Fear of failure is one of the greatest fears people have. It comes from the fear of criticism and rejection. Whatever we learned, we learned from the result of trial and error. Thomas Edison, when he was constructing the light bulb, built 1000 prototypes that did not work before he successfully built one. A reporter asked Edison on how it felt to fail 1000 times. Edison replied, “I did not fail 1000 times. I’ve successfully found 1000 ways that the light bulb would not work.” Edison did not view failure like the way many do. He viewed failure as an acceptable way to learn and grow. Failure is a natural consequence of trying. To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds.
So when you do not achieve your goals, instead of thinking you are a failure, tell yourself “you are just one step closer to success!” Failures are inevitable if you envision to do something great in life. Do not be afraid and give up when you meet one. Rather embrace it like a friend and it will set your life into the path of success.