By Bhumika Ramesh

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”

Henry Ford

Every single one of us has stared failure in the face at some point in our lifetime. You might ask yourself – What exactly is failure?

Failure, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, fundamentally means a lack of success. This literal definition does not apply to many. Most of us see it as the end of the road or the mountain we can’t climb. However, every cloud has a silver lining – and so does any failure. 

Failure has an astonishing potential to teach us. These teachings can very well be life-defining on the path to success. 

Let’s go over some of the best lessons we can grasp from failure!

  • You begin to look at the hurdles in your path in a different light.

We, as humans, have a basic desire for instant satisfaction. When this isn’t achieved, we have the ability to look at the bigger picture and plan out our goals in a much better manner. When you fail, you realise that there are way more factors that can help you succeed and when approached differently, maybe in a more efficient manner too.

  • The word NO isn’t the end.

You start to understand closed doors can be opened – with a little bit of perseverance. You keep on going and pushing, no matter the number of rejections. Persistence is definitely a component of success. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  • Failure changes what you value.

When you fall to the ground, perception changes. The things you most valued once may now be of no importance at all. Instead, unexpected qualities start to take the spotlight. The values you expected to matter in the long run, may have the rug pulled out from underneath their feet. On the path to success, change is definite; permanence is not.

  • You understand your emotions and learn how to cope with them in a better way.

When faced with failure, ugly emotions – anger, jealousy, irritation and others of the like surface. It’s hard to stay focused on the goal when these feelings wreak chaos on your well-being. Dealing with these feelings help us manage them far more effectively. When you start preparing your mind to be focused and restrain yourself from distractions, nothing is too hard or too far.

  • And probably the most important lesson of them all, you learn to never give up.

It might sound commonplace, but it is the truth. When you have the passion and the belief, no matter how many times you’re knocked over, you get up. You get up and stand again. You progress and walk forward. 

Failure is definitely not what we cut it out to be. Nevertheless, it is inevitable, and in the face of it, we rise up – much stronger, knowing better and more passionate about our goals.