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We all have experienced life enough to understand that it’s composed of successes and failures. While we seem to welcome successes with open arms, we don’t have the same reaction for failures, do we? Well, rightly so, no one in their sane minds would be happy with their failures. But, it definitely doesn’t mean that people should necessarily be sad and frustrated and gloomy because of those failures.

Now, you might be wondering, “Why? I’m not even entitled to feel sad about my failures?”

Well, you are. You can feel any emotions you want to feel, however you shouldn’t hold onto them for too long. Yes, you need your time to heal or just to get over the fact that you have failed, but mopping around all the time is definitely not going help you. It’s an absolute no-brainer that successes bring along happiness with them, but what do failures bring? Besides sadness of course, I believe that failures bring lessons.

I’ve been through the same phase to realize that when we fail, trying to grasp the lessons within is the last thing we want to do. However, I also realize that these lessons have a lasting impact upon a person and play a vital role in determining whether the person fails or succeeds the next time. And therefore, I’ve taken the liberty to collect and point out few of the lessons from the lemons of our life, so that it’d be easier for me and more importantly for everyone else, to understand what we need to take from our failures.


1. Persistence and dedication are the “it” words

Yup. You heard me, they are the “it” words and failures teach us that. You fail once, but you don’t give up, you fail twice and again you don’t give up, but you fail again and again, still you persist. And one day after failing uncountable times, you will finally succeed. Persistence and dedication does pay off, though success may take some time to come around, it will come.

2. You’re not perfect and that’s okay

You will fail, miserably sometimes. And that’s okay. It just means you’re not perfect and that’s absolutely okay too!  Because it’s not about what the end result is, it’s not about whether you failed or you succeeded, it’s more about the fact that you at least attempted to do something. Other people only talk the talk, but don’t have anything to show for it.

3. You need a new insight

Failure is a way of telling you that you need to change the way you’re looking at things. You’re somehow doing or seeing something wrong which eventually leads you to failure. So, once you fail, you know that now it’s time to think about the same thing in a different way, if you’re looking at it through your naked eyes then maybe now is the time to get some new spectacles.

4. You could do a lot worse

As scary as this sounds, it is true. You could do worse. I mean instead of failing on something you love doing, you could be still daydreaming about what you love. Instead of failing by at least attempting once, you could be still debating on whether or not to even take the desired risk. So, give yourself a pat in the back for trying/failing and then start yet again.

5. It’s not the end

Failing is not the end, failing to realize this fact can result the end, but just failing is definitely not the end. I understand the urge to give up every time we fail; I mean we’ve worked really hard to make certain things work and when they don’t it affects you in one way or another, but failures are bound to happen to everyone. You have to stay strong and believe that you can succeed if you gave it another try.

Inspirational Quotes

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ? Thomas A. Edison

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ? Winston Churchill

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ? Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ? Truman Capote

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” ? Friedrich Nietzsche

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” ? Marilyn Monroe

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ? Salvador Dali

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ? Robert F. Kennedy

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ? Theodore Roosevelt

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.” ? Jack Kerouac

So, that’s about it. Though there are plenty of other lessons which we could learn from our failures, I feel these might be the most important ones. What other lesson do you think our failures could teach us? Do write about them in the comments, I would love to hear your perspective as well.

Happy failing!!

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos for Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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