It’s an inevitable part of life. It’s disappointing. Sometimes it’s life-changing. We all go through it. We all learn from it. It’s failure – and it’s definitely a necessary part of success.
Some people are afraid of failing, as if it makes them less committed, less intelligent, or less qualified if they slip up. But in reality, that’s just not the case, and here’s why:
Failure makes you better.
Failure is one of those necessary evils in life: something that hurts you, but pushes you to be better. When you mess up, you suddenly see all of the ways that you can make yourself (or the project at hand) better. You have to find a way to find success through failure, and so you open yourself up to new ideas and new solutions to the same old problems. It may be difficult to cope with the setback at first, but eventually, mistakes will excite you. It will show that you have room to improve – and make you work even harder to get where you want to be.
Failure makes you stronger.
Resilience is hard to find in the modern world, but those who take risks and don’t always succeed have a lot of it. You are going to experience failure all of your life, and in many cases, it will be more detrimental to you than the one you’re currently going through. But the more you fail in high school, in college, and in your young adult life, the better equipped you will be to live through disappointments in the future – and that’s exactly what employers are looking for.
Failure forces you to show what you are capable of.
Now is the time to prove yourself. Something bad happened? It’s no big deal for you. It’s time for you to innovate and create new products that satisfy the goal. It may be challenging, but you’ve trained for this. Putting in hard work only makes accomplishing the task that much more rewarding. Plus, your peers and coworkers get to witness all of your innovative ideas, instead of just focusing on one of them.
Failure displays your greatest qualities.
If you can be poised and confident through hardship, people are going to start looking up to you. You’ll become a role model for those wanting to be in your position. You will inspire them to come back after they’ve experienced an obstacle. As long as overcoming failures is just as graceful a task for you as you handling your successes, you’ll still be looking good at the end of the day.
Failure leads to your success.
Above all, after you’ve failed enough times, you’re better, stronger, capable, and full of great qualities that everyone around you can see – and that’s when you will be most successful. The skills that you gain working through setbacks are the traits you need to prosper in whatever position you end up in. If you can think of failure as a jumping off and starting point for bigger and better things, there’s no end to what you can accomplish over the course of your career and your lifetime.