If you’ve ever had experienced failure, you’ll understand how demoralizing it could get. But, is failure really a bad thing? Is it a complete disaster and does it signify the end of the futile venture? Well, nothing is completely useless and there are lessons to be learned from everything. We believe that failure can actually be a good thing and here are five reasons why;
“Failing forward” is the new mantra
When we say ‘failing forward’, we simply mean the art of failing, learning, picking up yourself and moving on. Do you realize that the more you fail, the more you learn? It is important to note that before success comes to most people, they would have experienced defeat and failure. When faced with failure, the first thing people do is to quit. This is exactly what majority of people do, but that shouldn’t be an option. This is because there is a world of success waiting for you. When failure is experienced, it is the method or strategy and not the individual that has failed. This is what is called “failing forward”. The ability to change the method, yet the individual remains the same with equal or even higher levels of optimism is what will bring about success.
After you have experienced failure, the next thing to do is to do a reality check. One thing about momentum, especially when things are going very fine is that you never pause for a while and do a reality check. You will take stock of what has happened, what you’re trying to achieve and juxtapose it with where you care at the moment. A proper reality check will put you on a right track rather than just running on hopes and desires. Failure can bring you back to your senses and sends you back to the drawing board to rework your strategies. In this case, it is actually a good thing.
One good thing about failure is that there are lessons to be learned. ‘Why didn’t it work? What went wrong? What didn’t we do right?’ these are questions that are usually asked. Failure teaches you invaluable lessons; lessons that couldn’t have been learned at any school. Note that these lessons would be imprinted upon your hearts for a long time, as they are personal and affect you deeply.
Strength and confidence
There is a measure of strength and confidence that comes upon you after you’ve experienced failure. You will be knowledgeable about the mistakes you made, which will help you create new ideas and methods. At this stage, you’re better equipped and you can launch out with confidence. This is one thing failure does to you. For example, a man sets out to launch a blog, he makes big plans, gets it into the stage of execution, but realizes that he has made some mistakes. Hence, the blog wasn’t successful. He had to close it down after a while. His next venture will see him carry it out with a higher level of knowledge and confidence. Remember, experience is still the best teacher.