“There is no such thing as failure, there are only results”
– Anthony Robbins.
I am sure failure and success are two most commonly talked about aspects in our life. That is probably because we face those so regularly in our everyday lives. As we all know, there is no success without failure and no failure without success. It is as simple as that.
Our only goal is to make sure that there are more successes in our lives and all these so called failures or setbacks we have faced in life mean something and they lead us somewhere. Or else failure is a pretty pointless thing in LIFE!
As we go through the set of quotes, let us just try and see what failure means.
As per the dictionary, failure simply means insufficiency, not being able to do something for whatever reason we might come up with. It is simply an outcome, a result which we do not prefer. It doesn’t mean anything else.
It doesn’t mean that you are incapable of something or your intellect is less or your ego means any lesser. Failure is just an event, an outcome and that is all it is. As Anthony Robbins says – Failure is just a result, a feedback to what we have done. Granted that it is a negative feedback, but that is all it is – Nothing else.
How failure makes us feel.
What is more important is the undertones associated with a failure. We have all felt bad when we have not achieved some things in our lives. Especially when these things have meant a lot in our lives, the impact has been stronger and we have felt worse about ourselves – sometimes going up to the extent of questioning our abilities and wondering if we were meant to do that or not.
That is a different question altogether, it might be one for a fatalist but that is out of the scope of our discussion today. All we are trying to figure out today is the meaning of failure and the explanation to all these quotes we see about failure. And all along, all we are trying to say is that failure is an event and that is all there is to it. In the meanwhile, there are moments where we feel dejected and like a failure and if you want a quick way out of it – here are a 6 steps on How to stop feeling like a failure
The advantages of failure
We have all been taught by experience – the negative effects of failure. How it puts us down, it crushes our ego, questions our abilities and so on. We all know that cos it hurts so much when we face it head on. But seriously any event or any occurrence in our lives must have two sides to it – a positive and a negative side. Since we all know so well about the negative aspect, let us try and see what positive differences a failure can incorporate in our lives
1) It tells us what doesn’t work. As Einstein said –
“I haven’t failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work”
I think the quote makes perfect sense in the line of our discussion today. A failure just tells us about a format which doesn’t work, which doesn’t create the result we desire or we think we deserve.
2) A failure makes us question our ability
Well! Not everything is hunky dory! Life does suck sometimes. Sometimes things don’t work the way we want them to. Sometimes we just think that we deserve a success just cos of A, B , C reasons. But the harsh reality is that no matter what we do, sometimes we all fail. Sometimes we all make mistakes and we just need to step out of our own ego and understand that there are some things which are beyond our ability.
It doesn’t mean to discourage us, it just means that we have to elevate our capacties and that doesn’t happen as long as we don’t crush that additional ego out of our lives.
3) A failure makes us appreciate success
Well, no matter how much we disagree, failure becomes an integral and an appreciable part of our lives. It becomes incredibly hard to appreciate failure when it happens, but it eventually unfolds into something greater, it always has a bigger picture. And knowing that it is going to lead us somewhere makes the journey a little simpler and easier. Here is a simple post on Why we badly need a failure once in a while
Having said all these, even I hate failure when it happens. But as well know, Life is not just about what happens to us, it is about what we do with what happens to us. And for here are a few inspiring quotes on failure to get you kick started on life:
10 Inspiring Failure Quotes:
1) Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up!
2) The only true failure is when you stop trying
3) You learn more from failure than success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character – 10 Brilliant Quotes on Character
4) Success means going from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm
– Winston Churchill
5) I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I have succeeded
– Michael Jordan
6) The only failure is when you say – “I Give Up”
7) Failure is an event, not a person!
8) Success is not final and failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts
– Winston Churchill
9) Failure is unimportant, it takes courage to make a fool of yourself
– Charlie Chaplin
10) 87% of all people fail, not because of capability, but because of personality
– Kurt Einstein
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