Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. – Denis Waitley
Being successful isn’t easy. It takes a lot of sacrifice, hard work and persistence. If we want to make it, we have to be prepared to fail, sometimes not once, but numerous times. Failure isn’t all negative because when you fail, you learn some things:
Look at failure as fuel to continue achieving your goals. Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks coffee, got turned down by banks 242 times. If he gave up the first time or the 241st time, you would not know what a frappuccino is today.
2. Strength of Character
Most people are happy only when things are going well for them. When things are not going so well, we become pessimistic, lose focus and think of quitting. Failure shows your mindset, character, determination and where your focus is. Roy Disney got rejected by 302 banks before he found one that was able to finance his vision.
Do not be afraid of failure or rejection. Look at J.K. Rowling: a single parent on welfare benefits. Things were so bad for her that she was clinically depressed and contemplated suicide several times. When she wrote the first Harry Potter book, she was rejected by 12 publishing companies, until Bloombury took a chance on her and gave her a £1,500 advance. Today she is a billionaire author of one of the most famous books (several of which have become blockbuster movies) in the world. In a 2008 Harvard University commencement speech, Rowling said “rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” (watch this life-changing video and follow with the transcript here.)
It doesn’t hurt to try. And if it doesn’t work, try again. And again, and again… until you get it right. See how many times some popular people failed before they finally became successful in the infographic below.