Failure: Problem or a force for good?

1. What is success?

We all want our children to reach their full potential. We want them to lead lives in which they are happy and fulfilled. My definition of success is doing the very best I can with the potential I was given and enjoying each day as it comes. I want to enjoy the work I do but I want to stretch myself too. Even as a mature I adult, I remain keen to learn something new every day.  My philosophy of what constitutes success I gained from my parents and it is something I try to pass on to the next generation. Essentially my philosophy is that it’s better to try something and fail rather than wondering what might have been.

2. There’s no such thing as failure

However let me say this, I do not believe there is such as thing as failure. There are only outcomes other than the one we wanted. And those outcomes are simply lessons from which we learn before we try again. If we keep trying eventually we can be successful.

3. Teach your children well

The best way to teach children about success is to teach them that failure is not a bad thing. Teach them never to fear failure. Teach them to have a go and enjoy the experience. Let them know that either they’ll succeed or they’ll learn a lesson. So either way they’ll gain and they’ll grow in character. You can only appreciate success if you’ve experienced a few failures along the road.

4. Force for good

If you think about it, failure is in fact be a force for good. Failure is simply a natural part of life and learning. Everyone fails occasionally and at any given time we’re more likely to fail than we are to succeed. However learning from failure makes us wiser and tougher. Failure is never desirable but it is very useful. It’s also inevitable, at least sometimes. The only way to avoid failure is to avoid risks and challenges and then you cannot grow as a person.

5. Secret to success

The secret to success is to use unsuccessful experiences as stepping stones to achieving your aims. Failure is never final and we should not allow an unsuccessful experience to discourage us or cause us to give up.

Failure is not, nor will it ever be, a person. So next time your child gets an outcome he or she didn’t want, reassure him or her that though it might be disappointing, it’s not a problem. It’s simply an opportunity to learn which shouldn’t be wasted.

Anyone experiencing failure should simply reflect on their actions and the outcome to discover the lesson within. Then use the knowledge gained to guide future efforts. Perseverance and persistence will get us there in the end. We just use these experiences to be a bit smarter next time.

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