If I asked you this question, “Do you want failure?” I believe the common reply is “Of course not, I’m terrified of it.” But, why do we worry about it? It’s because failure is unfinished tasks, a negative result of your work.

Here’s the key. Do you know that failure cannot always be a failure? It is because no one experiences; even great men throughout history had their failures.  Failure is simply a stepping stone to success. It can never be an end to anything.

Why do people fail?

Have you ever wonder why people fail? It’s because they are in the stage of practicing their targeted goals.  In other words, practice leads to failure.  Success is the result of your practice.  If you keep practicing and fail, you gain knowledge, experience, and learnings.  This system is proven and it is a cycle of failure and success.

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Failure is like a game, it is a system that offers you life career challenges.  The player is you, you’ll play the game.  Inside the gameplay, there is a challenge stage—a set of levels from easy to difficult stage.  Once you started to play the game, you can’t easily make it to the final stage in one sweep because, in the middle of the game, you’ll experience repetitive failures.  It could take time and days to try and try until you gradually reach the high-level stage. This is what failure is and those who give up and surrendered before the final stage of the game is not a loser but a man who needs more practice.

Abraham Lincoln lost eight presidential elections, yet he never quit. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba is quoted as saying, “Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” The famous basketball player, Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” 

If I ask you this question, would you like to fail? The answer is yes and no.  “Yes” is a default answer because nobody hasn’t experienced failure.  We are an imperfect being and incapable to be like God whether you like it or not.  “No” is also a default answer because it is natural to men to say no.  People naturally dislike hardship and difficulties.  They love an instant success rather than an instant failure.  This is funny.  Therefore, why do we fail? It goes back to this question. It’s the default system that you should fail first before you succeed.  Still, no one really likes to accept the reality of failure before success.

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One example is an engineer who’s freshly graduated with so many ideas and theory inside his mind.  Would you think that this engineer may be effective and efficient by just applying the theory that he learned in college?  He’ll just sit and watch all the laborers on the construction site assuming that he may apply what he learned about the engineering theory.  The key here is he can’t be an effective engineer if he won’t throw himself out on the construction site and do some technical job there while applying the theory.  He should be on-hand with the workers on the construction site to gain experience.  This is what we called the “on-job training.”

A doctor, martial artist, artist, chef, carpenter, and a plumber can’t be effective without experience.  They cannot rely on just reading the book or DIY list without starting to move their hands to test their knowledge and skills.  Gaining experience or practice is a failure leading to success.

“Don’t be afraid to be a failure; fear for not trying again.”

“Develop success from failures.  Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Motivational Quotes

( Main Article Photo credited to Kyle Broad)

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