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The 5 Most Important Things that Failure Teaches Us


Failure is underrated. Although the word itself is filled with underlying connotations of negativity, the act of failing does not have to be.

Failure is an integral part of learning life lessons and it is one of the most important things we can learn from our History, which is why we don’t just recite history, but learn to understand it. The greatest tacticians and leaders of the world studied history extensively in order to avoid mistakes made in the past and through this study brought new ideas to the public which inspired and awed them. Like most negative things in life, failure once again comes down to how you, the individual, perceive it. You can view failing as an excuse to give up, or use it as motivation to keep trying until you get it right. Here is our list of The 5 Most Important Things Failure Teaches Us;

5) Humility
If life began like a Role Playing Game (RPG), where you could choose which points to assign to which attributes of your child’s character in order to make them a well-rounded person, humility would definitely be one category that I’d want my child to excel in. Unfortunately, life is not a RPG and humility is one of Life’s great lessons that cannot be taught. You can try to support your child and hope that you build a well-rounded person, but at the end of the day, they need to truly understand the feelings of others and their place in the world to show humility.

4)  We’re all in the same boat
The idea that every one of us will fail in one way or another brings an unspoken sense of community and understanding that not much else can. Knowing that people have overcome insurmountable odds has always inspired and motivated us to leap over the obstacles in our way and accomplish our goals. Because knowing that you are not the only one having a hard time can sometimes be the most heartwarming thing, and seeing another person needing an extra push will always make you feel a sense of pride like nothing else can.

3) Showing up is Easy, Commitment is Hard
We all make claims that we want to change, and we can all say that there are things we want to accomplish or experience in life, but when it comes down to actually doing these things the commitments we make to ourselves are quickly forgotten. Talk is cheap. Finding the motivation in bettering yourself or making a change in your life is one of the hardest things we need to do, especially if you have failed before. But nothing worth having comes easy and often things that come easy to us, aren’t worth having. Perseverance and determination are values that are immeasurable in their worth, remember to exercise them daily.

2) You can make a difference
Maybe you’re trying to quit smoking, or maybe you’re trying to lose weight, regardless of what you’re trying to overcome, there are people who have done it before you and there will be people who will do it after you. You may not be a unique snowflake but someone in your life may see your efforts and think, “Hey maybe I can try to quit too.” When people see us fail we often think that they are probably laughing at us on the inside; but more often than not they’re thinking, “Good for you.”

1) Try Again
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. The most important thing failure can teach us, is to get back on the horse and try again, because if you truly want something it is always worth fighting for. Remember that rarely does anyone ever accomplish anything worthwhile on the first try, because life doesn’t work that way. We have to overcome obstacles and diversity because our resolve needs to be tested. If everything was free, nothing would have value. It’s working towards a goal that gives things meaning and value whether it be personal, financial, physical or emotional, we all must face the fear of failure at least once in our lifetime and if you should fail, let’s hope you try again.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    2012/03/28 11:16 am

    As always, your posts provide great insight and inspiration to those of us who feel mistreated and often feel there is no light at the end of the tunnel. While it is true that there are others whose situation may be much worse, it is human nature for each of us to want to advance our cause.

    All of us experience failure at some point and we pick ourselves up and try again. What can be really disheartening though, is repetitive failure due to inequity and injustice in an environment set up for same.

    If I may add, folks suffering injustice and unfair treatment in their struggles often succeed because they have the support of others. We all need genuine support of others to succeed.

  2. 2012/03/28 5:10 pm


  3. 2013/10/30 10:38 am

    It is wonderful when you put humility as the top quality. Jesus being an equal to his Father also learnt humility by taking human form and suffering to redeem human beings. Mother Mary another model for learing humility and so are many great people.
    Thanks for this wonderful thought.

    Rao Jillepalli

  4. Underthemicroscope permalink
    2013/10/30 10:46 am

    The most difficult part of all is when year after year after year, the cycle repeats itself despite one’s effort to succeed and make things different. Despite making the effort, seeking to do more and giving your best you can see FAILURE ahead of you – because it was set up that way.

    So what can anyone do but ‘march head on” into it, state one’s case and move on to the next challenge? And there are times when you feel you can do it no longer, but you know that you have to go on – so you do.

    As Rudyard Kipling once said:
    “If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing left within you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

    Hold on, my friend, Hold on – even though no one may care to listen to your story. Hold on!

  5. Tina permalink
    2013/10/30 11:18 am

    enjoyed reading today’s message – Think there is an error in #1 – and you meant adversity rather than diversity in the sentence “We have to overcome obstacles and diversity because our resolve needs to be tested”

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