Failure can be a Great Teacher

There is a Buddhist saying that is worth consideration: “The arrow that hits the bull’s-eye is the result of 100 misses”.

This insightful message highlights the importance of learning from your mistakes. Failures in life can be painful, but it can also be a profound teacher. Henry Ford’s businesses failed five times before he founded Ford Motor Company. Thomas Edison could have given up after 3,000 failed attempts to create the first light bulb. If you take the opportunity to learn lessons from your setbacks you offer yourself the possibility for greater future success.

The most famous basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan, has always been a believer that his success is a direct result of his own failures: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed”.

Failures in life are inevitable. It is not the end. Failure is a great tool we can use to chart a better course and refine our strategy. To be successful and grow in your personal and professional life you need to accept failure is an integral part of your journey. By reflecting and learning from what does not work you establish points of reference that can guide your future decisions. If you can start by looking at each failure as a lesson you are already ahead of the game.

Everyone has failed at something in his or her life, but not everyone tries again. Don’t be that person who looks back at their dreams and think what could have been. Make sure you use failure as a stepping stone to success. Remember a failure is only a mistake if you do not learn from it.

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