What do you think when you hear the word failure? You probably are thinking that you’re not good enough and that you should give up.
While failure can involve those thoughts and emotions, failure can also make us stronger or wiser.
A simple definition of failure is: An act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success.
When I think of this definition of failure, I’m reminded of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. While there are many conflicting stories of how many times Edison "failed" at inventing the electric light bulb, most agree it was in the thousands before he found the right combination of materials.
One of Edison’s most famous quotes is, "I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."
If you adopt this same attitude, you’ll overcome your feelings of failure and be able to see your dreams and desires come to fruition.
Robert Schuller stated these famous words, "Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure; it just means you haven’t succeeded yet."
Henry Ford said, "Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
When you consider those words from these wise and successful people, you’ll truly begin to understand the power of failure.Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry FordClick To Tweet
The truth is, you only fail when you give up!When you keep trying until you’ve found the answer or the solution, you’re successful.
You’d never say Thomas Edison, Robert Schuller or Henry Ford were failures would you? Sure, they were unsuccessful many, many times, but they didn’t give up until they found the answer, the right procedure or the right materials to solve their dilemma.
In case those quotes weren’t enough to make you believe failure has a positive power and strength, here are some more you might relate to:
"Failure is an event, never a person." – William D. Brown
The next time you try your hand at something and don’t achieve the desired result immediately, remember failure is an event; it’s not you.
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