6 Ways Failure Is As Important As Success

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No one likes to fail. It feels bad. You might feel like giving up or blaming someone else or beating yourself up.

Yet, you might be surprised to hear that, many successful people are not just grateful for their past failures…

Forward Steps Personal Development Collection ImageThey ascribe their present success to having tried and failed in the past.

Here are six reasons to embrace your failures.

1. Failures are opportunities

To see failure as an opportunity is not putting a Pollyanna spin on reality.

It’s accepting that everyone fails and you can choose to learn from your mistakes or you can stay stuck in them.

Successful people see mistakes as an opportunity to learn and change course.

For example, say you want to lose twenty pounds.

To know that you’ll fall off the wagon if you see a chocolate jam donut is some useful information.

You can take steps to avoid the things that tempt you most and make it more likely that you’ll stick to your diet.

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. -Coco Chanel Share on X

2. Failures show up your weaknesses

Whether it’s not being able to resist a cigarette if you’re in a social situation or finding you need more accountancy skills than you thought you did.

Failure - Forward Steps blog image_1If you can detach from the emotions of failure you can soon see where the leaks in your boat are and take steps to mend them.

It may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are. -Maya Angelou

3. Failure will make you resilient

One big lesson from trying and failing is finding out you can get right back up again and keep going.

You can admit that you tried and failed and use what you learned to build a better strategy to get to your goal. That’s a huge life lesson.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas A. Edison Share on X

4. Failure will make you innovate

Failure can make you more inclined to try different strategies, to see risk in a different light.

Failure - Forward Steps blog image_3If you’re not afraid to fail, you’re more likely to try bold strategies and might just hit on something big!

A thinker sees their own actions as experiments. Success and failure are for them, answers. -Friedrich Nietzsche

5. Failure reminds you that you’re not alone

Believe it or not, failure can make you a better person.

Accepting failure as part of life will make you more empathic and less judgmental of others.

You’ll be more likely to help other people you see trying to make it and, in return, you will be more open to asking for and receiving help when you need it.

The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. -Roy T. Bennett Share on X

6. Failure will make you kinder to yourself

Seeing failure in its proper light will make you more forgiving of your flaws.

You’ll be less of a perfectionist and be less prone to self-doubt.

In turn, that will build your self-confidence and make you more likely to succeed!

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. -J.K. Rowling Share on X

Embrace failure, learn from it and use it as a stepping stone to success.

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Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (forwardstepsblog.com)

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Since March 2003, I've been sharing practical, positive, thought provoking and inspiring self improvement content online. My aim is simple - to offer tips and resources that help us enhance our daily experience of life and to keep stepping forward. Perth, Western Australia is the place I call home and I'm the author of "Time For My Life: 365 Stepping Stones". You might also know me from the Forward Steps personal development blog and the daily series of "365 Forward Steps Notes", all designed to add wings to our unique life journeys.

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6 Ways Failure Is As Important As Success