When you have come out of a broken marriage, failed an important exam, messed up a business meeting that you prepared for, it’s the worst. When you fail after you have put everything into it and you still do not receive the desired results; it can be soul crushing. Failure is one of life’s hardest pills to swallow and can often leave you feeling completely exhausted and very alone.
In today’s culture we often hear of people’s success stories, their stories of triumph and achievements which are to be revered, but not often do we hear of the war stories, the stories of failure. Well, we put together 4 things we should all know and remember when it comes to failure.
Failure can feel be a very lonely place, it can make you feel like you are the only one in the world capable of this type of failure; but that is not true. Everyone fails. Everyone experiences some sort of failure at some point in their lives and moreover, some of the greatest innovators of this age; failed first.
It’s Not The End
Just because you have failed at something doesn’t mean that this has to be the end; you can still try again. It is in your second and third attempt that you have already won, by trying again.
Great Teaching Moments
Life is always teaching us something, and usually when we fail there is something to be learnt in that moment, something to be learnt about who we are or what we need to improve on. Don’t miss the teaching moments in your failure.
It Doesn’t Define You
Failure doesn’t form part of your identity, because you fail, even if you fail multiple times; it doesn’t make you a failure.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all- in which case you fail by default.” – JK Rowling
Fail again, try again, fail forward, try again. There is so much beauty in the attempt and so much to be learnt in the process.
Photography by Volkan Olmez