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Turning Failure Into Success

October 13, 2009

We’ve all experienced the feeling of failure when something we’ve attempted hasn’t worked out the way we had hoped. However, it is possible to turn that failure into success. We need to accept that failure will always be a part of our life, and the only way to avoid it would be to stop trying to achieve anything. We first experience failure as a child when we try to walk. We fall and stumble, but instead of feeling we have failed and we may as well stop trying to walk, we get back up and keep trying until we eventually master it. The key to changing failure into success is to completely change how we view failure.

Many people think that if they have failed at something, for example a business or a relationship, then this means that they can’t be successful in business or love. The key is to see each failure as a stepping stone to eventual success. Every time we fail, we learn how not to do something so we can choose to do it differently next time. The person who failed at starting a business can take the lessons learned, and choose to run his next business differently. The person who has failed in a relationship can choose to change aspects of their behavior to ensure that their next relationship works better.

Many successful businessmen and entrepreneurs have a history of failed businesses, and have even filed for bankruptcy. But they learned from these set backs and created bigger and more profitable ventures. Most successful authors have had many rejections before finding a publisher willing to accept their work. JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame is a great example of this.

When we fail at something we need to stop feeling as though we have failed as a person. We didn’t fail as a person; we just tried something that didn’t work. Failure should not be taken personally. It is simply something that happened, not define who we are. We need to see failure as a requirement for moving towards our goals, and even learn to be thankful for our failures. When you fail at something, take the time to write down why it failed, and work out what you could have done differently to prevent that failure. Use logic rather than emotion, and take full responsibility for the actions you took which resulted in the failure. Now you have a plan to avoid the failure when you try again in the future. If you find that you’re having difficulty getting over the failure, think of it as a stepping-stone on the route to your eventual success, and remind yourself of your overall goal.

Don’t let failure have a negative impact on your emotions and stop you from moving forward. If your current strategy isn’t working, don’t be afraid to stop what you are doing and consider a different approach.
Above all, remember that the person who never fails is the person who never tries or achieves anything. You will fail sometimes in pursuit of your goals, but it’s the lessons you learn from each failure that will help you to eventually succeed. Sometimes a failure can even open doors to even greater opportunities, for example if you fail to get the job you were after, you may see a better one, or even decide to start your own business. All it takes is a shift in your mindset to change that failure into success. To learn more about attracting success in your life, visit

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