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Failure a word that resonates with such negative meaning, but what does it really mean.

Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering. Wikipedia

What about looking at a few famous quotes to get more of an understanding of this word ‘failure’:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Thomas A. Edison

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Winston Churchill

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  Paulo Coelho

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”  Truman Capote

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”  Winston Churchill

Despite the fact that universally Failure is a negative term that as Wikipedia states is the opposite of success, my personal opinion which I know is supported by many, is that failure is a point on the path to success. When you look back through history many of the most famous success stories have come across failure before their final successful outcome.

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the number of times Thomas Edison failed to create the light bulb, but what about Sir James Dyson the bestselling vacuum machine entrepreneur who had  5,126  failures before he finally created the Dyson.

“I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.” Sir James Dyson

The most important thing about failing is what it teaches you. By analysing your own failures you will learn from them. Failure can establish feedback regarding what you’re doing wrong, so you can adjust your actions until you get them right. By effectively learning from failure you will begin to see it as a step towards success. That’s going to ensure you can “do it better” the next time around.

“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – Benjamin Franklin

So in order to get yourself onto the road of success accept failure, embrace it and learn from it. Just know nothing can ever stop you bouncing back, well apart from you.

As long as you still have a breath in your body, don’t give up. Always keep going with the belief that one day you will succeed.

Be inspired by one thing:

If I can do it, why can’t you?



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About the author: Larry Lewis
I'm Larry. As an Executive Life Coach, entrepreneur and writer, I am an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be. I am devoted to sharing ideas, tools and resources that will help you create a better, stress free, well balanced life.

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