Failure should not be looked at as an obstacle but more as an essential part on our path to success.
It is normal to be crushed and disappointed when you don’t hit your targets especially when you know that you worked so hard. Some of the world’s most successful people experienced epic failure but with their drive and determination they overcame disappointing episodes and reached their glorious achievements. Such celebrated successful people include Steven Spielberg who was rejected twice by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Thomas Edison who was told by his teacher he was ‘too stupid to learn anything’, Walt Disney who was told by his former newspaper editor he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas’, Albert Einstein who as a child was thought to be mentally handicapped and J.K. Rowling who before reaching success experienced depression.
It makes one wonder, hadn’t it been for the failure encountered on their path, would these personalities have flown to success just the same? Such stories are inspirational and teach us that rather than being a letdown, failure is something to embrace.
Sam Weinman, the sports journalist behind Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains states that losing does not feel great but believes that failure can be inspiring if we know how to approach it the right way.
He explains that first we need to eliminate fear of failure and shares the idea that setbacks are often moments that serve as a catalyst for great opportunity. Loosing draws attention to specific flaws that need addressing. If you are successful all the time you will not be stimulated to change method and will ultimately not discover anything new and better. In addition, if you never experience failure you will never develop coping skills. These coping skills are the reason why successful people are able to face the storm and come up with solutions instead of letting problems blow in their face.
Deep down most of us know we can do better and unless we are courageous enough to take the plunge nothing new and interesting will come our way.