You might have heard the old outdated cliché’s and received a lot of ceremonial lip service centered around this concept. Often, words like 'steadfast', 'determined' and 'committed' are loosely thrown around in conversations, as if it was commonplace. There is also a liberal excess of discourse around what it means to have perseverance and what are the true ingredients to success? So, then how is this account any different? This anecdote comes in the form of colorful personal experience which is plentiful and relatable, so, let's get started...
Failure is Success in Disguise:
'Failure' and 'Success' are generally both left undefined because they are too fluid, organic, and subjective concepts. They can both be ascertained using the personalized benchmarks we all set when starting on our individual journeys, as well as what is considered the societal norms. Although, both failure and success might have more to do with your immediate circumstance, the word "success" implies that you emerged victoriously. That the struggle you put up was far from pointless. And that “failure” was a definitive description of your life or life’s work. In actuality, therein lies the heart of a contradiction.
The Struggle Matters:
Success and accomplishment is far from perfect. The struggle matters a great deal because it is a rarity gained after what seems like eons of time with struggle and compromise, and a major determining factor of how you got there. By remaining true to your goals and continuing the struggle regardless of the adversity you face. You learn to only look towards your past mistakes for council, and don’t allow them to define who you are or what you are capable of accomplishing. In the future, when you hear people say "try, try, and try again”, you’ll recognize it was in fact wise council and not some played out phrase that most people interpret it as.
Similarly, if you fail, there is a lot to gain from that experience. The cliche “what doesn't kill you makes you stronger” can’t possibly be more meaningful when assessing your setbacks and determining how to re-attack your challenges. It is only after overcoming setbacks and disappointments that you learn to think critically and strategize about matters of importance. Whether it is in your business, career, personal life, or any of the other 6 categories that you should be assessing on a continual basis, staying the course and being persistent is the only way to overcome major obstacles and achieve success, in whatever terms you use to define success.
Success or failure, you must understand that no one can guarantee either to anyone. The only thing we are sure about is that our sheer commitment to the causes we follow, our tenacity despite repeated failure, and a personal demand to make repeated attempts despite the circumstance, will only make success more probable. Even our folk tales and mythology pay homage to people who spent their lives trying to resolve a conflict or solve a mystery.
I hope you would continue steadfastly in your quest to achieve success. Remember, your goals set the mood and your hard work serves as fuel. Soon, you will be well equipped with the tools to make important roadmaps, decisions and key moves all by yourself but for now the pursuit of these three guidelines can help; learn to accept the struggle, remain steadfast despite all adversity, and learn from your mistakes. This is the only true path to success!
What are your thoughts on why failure can be good for success?
Thanks for joining me this week have a phenomenal holiday weekend and take time to enjoy what you have in your life today with those that mean the most to you!