Overcoming Failure

May 12, 2010

You got fired, passed over a business promotion, did not get the job even after hundred interviews, your book got filthy reviews, you practiced and practiced for the game and then lost.

Failure feels rotten-Most private of all emotions, the one that may shake your self-esteem to the core!

Gone are the days of lifetime job security, when you worked for an organization and retired several decades later with a gold watch as a farewell present. Many people have experienced or are likely to experience job loss. 

If there could be a current defining image, it would be of a loaded corporate gun, which can go up anytime and anyone can be the target. So, should we just go for a job that provides long term security but makes us forget the dreams we have seen to get where we see ourselves happy? Not really!

Failure is trying to do things most people did not even consider or were too scared to take the risk. Thomas Edison failed thousand times before bringing light to his bulb but even after 10, 000 unsuccessful attempts he said, "I have not failed. I have just found 10, 000 ways that won't work."

A temporary byproduct of creativity, failure comes to those who have the courage to risk, and of course, success is achieved by those willing to take risks. Our first reaction to failure is to blame anyone/anything but self but we often forget that no achiever has achieved without failure. 

As infants, learning to walk, we would just get up after each fall because we were aware that success is destination and failure is the way to get there.

When asked about the formula of success, Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM said, "Its quite simple, really. Just double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. 
But it is not at all... you can be discouraged by failure -- or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that is where you'll find success." So what is better to do, to try and fail or not to try at all?

Well, there are three kinds of people in the world, those who believe and make things happen, those who watch it happen and those who ask what happened? and its up to us to choose the category we would like to fit in. After all we have got just one life to live!

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