6 Ways Failure Leads to Success

Failure. It’s one of our biggest fears in life. It’s also one of the biggest reasons we get stuck. I get it. No one likes to fail. It feels awful. Failure crushes our confidence. But what if we took a different view on failure? What if we acknowledged that failure leads to success?

That’s brave.

Failing sucks. When you fail, you might feel like giving up, berating yourself, or even blaming someone. But listen up. Everyone fails. Some of us fail many times. You might be surprised to learn that many successful people are not only grateful for their past failures, but they credit their present success to having tried and failed in the past. I can certainly attest to the fact that my failure in insurance taught me valuable lessons about myself.

Here are six ways to see how failure leads to success.

Failures are opportunities

The reality is, we all fail sometimes. It’s just part of life. But it’s what you do with failure that matters. You can accept that everyone fails, even you. Then, you can choose to learn from your mistakes, rather than dwell on them.

Successful people use mistakes as an opportunity to grow and change course. For example, let’s say you want to lose twenty-five pounds. To know that you’ll fall off the wagon if you see your mom’s homemade strawberry cake (my particular weakness), is 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.

Failures show you where you have weaknesses

Take, again, the diet scenario. Whether it’s not being able to resist that lovely glass of Cabernet in a social situation or skipping the Spin class you promised you would take, falling short of commitments will show you where you need more accountability. Then, you can take steps to address those weaknesses. If you can detach from the emotions of those weaknesses, you can objectively take steps to counter them.

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is just another step towards greatness. Oprah Winfrey Click To Tweet

Failure will make you stronger

One lesson from failing is finding out you can fall, dust yourself off, and keep going. Admitting that you tried and failed is scary, but courageous. Like I said before, it’s easier to make excuses and blame situations and/or people when you fail. And sure, somethings situations and/or people can influence an outcome. But still, using what you learned from a failure to create a different strategy has value. Learning to take a different route is a priceless life lesson.

Failure will transform you

Failure can lead you to try different strategies and to take risks. If you’re not afraid to fail (again), you’re more likely to take bold steps and might hit on something big!

Failure reminds you that you’re not alone.

When you accept that failure is simply part of life, you are then in turn more empathetic towards others. You’re also more likely to encourage and support others in their journey. In return, you’re probably more likely to ask for and receive help when you need it.

Failure will teach you to be kinder to yourself.

Seeing failure as simply a temporary setback, and realizing we all fail, will make you more forgiving of yourself. You become less of a perfectionist and be less prone to self-doubt. And that will lead to more self-confidence and ultimately, success.

So, embrace failure, my friends. Don’t beat yourself up. Just learn from it and use it to keep moving towards success.

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