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"Embracing Failure: How to Turn Setbacks into Growth Opportunities"

Updated: Apr 22

Have you ever wondered why you even bother sometimes?

I do, it seems whatever I do fails - parenting, relationship, study, career, cooking, cleaning etc.

What I don’t seem to fail at is giving my all and putting in 100%. Even when rejected and discarded, if I get a call for help I will help to know that I would likely get rejected again afterwards.

Many people experience feelings of failure at some point in their lives. It's important to remember that failure is often a necessary step on the path to success.

There are hundreds and thousands of quotes on the importance of failure.

Many successful people have repeated failures before achieving their goals. These individuals, among many others, show that success often comes after experiencing setbacks and failures. So if you're feeling like the only thing you're successful at is failing, remember that you're not alone and that failure can be a valuable learning experience. Some of the most notable famous failures include: -

Goodwin University wrote an article “Grow through what you go through - how embracing failure can lead to success.” In this article, they talk about Steve Jobs being terminated from his own company before the success of Apple and the number of failed vacuums James Dyson created before his successful Dyson vacuum systems.

Hearing stories of failure does give some encouragement to failures like myself. It means I am heading in the right direction. Goodwin University’s article says, “ Based on what we learned from our failures, our brains created and maintain new neural pathways - helping us avoid the same mistakes in the future, grow more resilient and, eventually find success. …. In addition to supporting cognitive growth, failure strengthens professionalism. When failure ceases to be a shameful experience, leaders and their teams rely on pen and honest communication - inviting question and dialogue about ideas for improvement.”

"If you want to succeed, double your failure rate." - Tom Watson, CEO of IBM. It's important to celebrate success, but it's even more important to learn from our failures. As Bill Gates once said, "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." And we should remember that each failure is just the "First Attempt In Learning" (F.A.I.L.). So, let's embrace failure and not fear it. We should view each failure as an opportunity to grow and learn, and encourage those around us to do the same.

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