Failure is a necessary part of life, it’s a stepping stone for both adults and children in teaching us valuable lessons we all need to learn in life in order to enable us to succeed. Everyone has to endure failure multiple times during our lifetime, and at times it can feel extremely difficult to get through depending on the situation you find yourself in. Below are the top 4 lessons we feel failure can teach us:
The first important lesson that failure teaches us is experience. When we go through something, regardless of what it is, we will always walk away with experience, which helps us develop a deeper understanding of life and the situation we find ourselves in.
The experience of failing enables us to reflect on the situation and gives us the ability to alter our frame of mind in order to better equip us for future challenges we will endure, and give us a better idea of the appropriate action to take based on past lessons we have learned from previous experiences.
Along with first hand experience, failure can also provide us with more knowledge than what we initially had prior to an experience we have had and learned from.The knowledge we gain can be harnessed in the future to overcome the same failure we may endure again with a lot more ease, which in turn reduces the amount of pain that comes along with that failure too.
When Thomas Edison famously failed nearly 10,000 times to create a commercially viable electric lightbulb, with each failure, he gained the knowledge of one more avenue that was unsuccessful that was unknown before. It was all that accumulated knowledge that was developed from nearly 10,000 failed attempts that ultimately lead to his success on the 22nd October 1879.
Failing in life helps us build resilience, the more we fail, the more resilient we become. In order to achieve success, we must know what resilience is and how to be resilient. If we think we’re going to succeed at something on the first attempt, or even the first few attempts, we inevitably set ourselves up for disappointment when we don’t achieve what we set out to achieve at the first attempt.
Resilience is also a great way of teaching us the importance of a good work ethic and teach us to work hard for what we want to achieve.
When we fail, we grow and mature, irrespective of how young or how old you are. We reach deeper meaning and understanding of our lives and what we set out to achieve, as well as the reasons why we set out to achieve it.
Failure also allows us to reflect and look at things from different perspectives, and develop more of an understanding of why certain things happen the way they do. Life is designed for us to grow and improve, and failure is a great way to do this as it teaches us life lessons, whilst defining us more and more as an individual person.