Failure Makes You Stronger

I came across this article from Word for Today, and it clarified my thinking about failure and its potential for huge benefits.

Never give up

“Failure doesn’t mean you will never succeed; it just means it may take a bit longer. John Wayne coined a great line in the movie The Train Robbers. He said, ‘You’re going to spend the rest of your life getting up one more time than you’re knocked down, so you’d better start getting used to it.’
That’s what success is – getting up one time more than you were knocked down. You have no idea how close you may be to what you want to achieve. But if you give up, you will never know – plus, you guarantee you will never get there.
Author Ben Stein said, ‘The human spirit is never finished when defeated. It is finished when it surrenders.’
Researched evidence
Time magazine surveyed people who had lost their jobs. Everyone expected them to be crestfallen and disheartened, but they found them highly resilient. Why?
The survey showed that people who had lost jobs and found new ones were better prepared to deal with adversity than those who had been with the same company for years without ever dealing with unemployment.
When you have experienced failure, you’re in a better position to achieve success than people who have not. When you fail and fail again – and keep bouncing back and learning from your failures – you’re building character, strength, tenacity, experience, and wisdom.
And people who develop these qualities can sustain their successes, unlike those for whom good things come too early and easily. You’re in a good position as long as you don’t give up. So, the word for today is – ‘Stand firm. Let nothing move you.’”
There are huge benefits.
Getting back up after failure has many benefits, both personally and professionally. One of the main advantages is building resilience. Overcoming setbacks helps you become mentally and emotionally stronger, better prepared for future challenges, and more adaptable to change.
Failure also teaches valuable lessons. It shows what doesn’t work and guides you toward better approaches. This process often leads to developing new skills and improving existing ones as you navigate obstacles.
Renewed energy
Another benefit is increased determination. The desire to succeed after failing can boost your motivation, making you work harder and smarter. Each time you recover, it reinforces the habit of perseverance, which is critical to long-term success.
This resilience also improves problem-solving skills, sharpening your critical thinking and encouraging innovative solutions.
Building confidence is another significant advantage. Overcoming challenges boosts your belief in your abilities, making you more courageous in taking risks and facing future challenges. It also strengthens relationships, as experiencing failure can make you more empathetic towards others with similar struggles.
Recovering from failure often involves seeking help, which can strengthen relationships and build a strong support network.
Improved professional reputation
Ultimately, recovering from failure brings you closer to your goals, making success more meaningful. Showing you can bounce back from setbacks can enhance your professional reputation, impressing employers, investors, and peers.
This journey provides a deep sense of accomplishment and fulfilment, as overcoming failure offers personal satisfaction and a positive outlook.
Moreover, your ability to rise after failure can inspire others, showing that setbacks are temporary and can be overcome. This can leave a lasting legacy of determination and success, motivating others to persevere in facing their challenges.
Embracing failure as a natural part of the journey toward success leads to significant personal and professional growth, making you more resilient, capable, and fulfilled.
Thoughts for the week 

  1. Has this blog made you think about how you view failure?
  2. Has it changed your perspective in any way?
  3. This week, embrace failure as a learning and development experience.
  4. Understand that every time you fail, you grow in numerous ways; although painful at the time, it’s actually good for you.   

Well, that’s it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and keep believing.
Warm regards


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