Failure is not something anyone wants to happen, but it can be a part of success if you allow it to be. When failure happens, and it will at many points in your life, you need to look back and see if you can figure out how to make changes. What can you do differently that could possibly change the outcome?
It's important to remember that you are not a failure. Failure is a verb not a noun. You may have failed at something but that does not change who you are.
Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting before his death? Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 prototypes and his savings in 15 years, Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers, and there are many more successful people who have failed in their lives. The important thing to note is that they did not let failure hinder them.
Too many people let the fear of failure stop them from trying something new or challenging. Failing definitely feels uncomfortable, but overcoming failure can be very powerful. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you finally succeed where before there was only failure.
Some tips to remember when failure happens: focus on the things you can control, find a mentor, ask honest questions, get away for a while, redefine your goals, remind yourself of times you have succeeded, and try, try again.
Steve Jobs said, "Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."
Unless you give up on your goals, you will never fail. You will either succeed or learn and improve.
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