How failure can lead to success!

True success is not a sprint.

It's a life long marathon and because of all the many different ways in which we interpret success, there is no one formula or short cut in which to achieve it. More often then not we don't think of success as one particular thing or another and view it more as a delicate balance or collaboration of many things. Like finding love, creating wealth, being in good health, gaining confidence, discovering happiness and having a sense of good general well being.

As well as wanting the best of all these things for ourselves we also want them for those we love and care about, which seems to make success all the harder to obtain, this does not mean however that it can not be achieved, it just means that it takes time and hard work to do so.

The real successful people of the world don't just fall upon success, although in some cases a fair amount of luck was involved, for the most part they have worked extremely hard to get where they are. Also success does not come quickly or easily and many a mistake is made before success has come and these people have experienced their fair share of failure, in one form or another too.

Seeing success.

If I were to tell you that you are already hugely successful, you have and know so much already. You live a wonderful life and you must feel very grateful, I wonder if you would you agree with me? Maybe not but in fact even though I don't know you, I can tell you it's true. 

Success seems to be so elusive for many of us because rather oddly, we don't seem to know when we already have it. We forget to have a good look at what we already have and concentrate on all the things we do not have. I have been as guilty as the next person of this and yet as soon as I started to appreciate all the great things in my life, I changed my perspective on what success means to me.

I know that you are already successful and when you can start to see this success for yourself will you then be able to draw from it, harness it and actually create further success  from it.

Fight the fear.

The feelings created by the fear of failure, is often much worse then the actual experience of failing itself and it's not the fear of failure that scares us the most, it's actually the fear of success. We know that if we fail we will just be back to where we were, before we decided to try something new and failed. We know how to handle that kind of reality, even if it wasn't ideal because it was what we did before, it's safe. Although we may suffer from a bit of a dent in our pride and some disappointment we are generally familiar with failure, we have to a greater or lesser degree, experienced it before and have come out the other side back at square one, no better off, maybe a little out of pocket, but none the less OK. 

Success is a different animal entirely, in your mind you have no idea what it would be like to be truly successful and that's a scary concept. Being successful leaves you exposed, open to criticism and completely out of your comfort zone. Maybe there's a part of you that feels that you don't really deserve to be a success and its easier and less of a risk not to try. Think about what might be holding you back, don't fear the thought of success, embrace it and use it to motivate you.

Persistance pays.

If at first you don't succeed try, try to try again. When you were younger you did not know how to talk, do your shoe laces up or read and yet although it was difficult you kept at it. Later on in life you face situations in you're working life, with parenting and relationships, all of which come with there own trials. Again I'm sure there were many that were difficult but you saw them through and succeeded, we are not born with the ability to know everything but we are born with the ability to learn. The rewards of overcoming something that has been a challenge or struggle are great, by reminding yourself of what you want to achieve and you motives for wanting to achieve it, you will get to where you want to be, even if it means you make a few mistakes along the way.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

Things are often difficult to do before they become easy, as I mentioned before when you were a child you were not born with the immediate ability to walk, talk or be capable of looking after yourself. But given time and hard work, it has become relatively easy, for the most part you don't even have to think about it consciously. However the way you do these things are unique to you and right for you.

Everyone is different and what works for someone else may not necessarily mean it will good for you. One persons view on success may mean lots of money, lots of travelling but no partner or children, whereas someone else may feel success means a good relationship with their partner, happy children and money is irrelevant.

If something doesn't work for you find something that does, giving up on something is not failing if the thing you gave up on was not right for you.

Know what you don't want.

Discovering what you really want by finding out what you don't want.

Chances are you have not had the same job, partner, hairstyle or home since you were say a teenager or young adult. This is because it takes a while to discover who we are and what we really want.

You don't know what food you do or don't like, until you taste them, similarly you don't know what you do or don't like until you experience it. Sometimes you have to try all the ways that don't work before you finally find the one that does.

Everything changes.

The world changes, People change, priorities and ideas change. What might have felt like an impossibility before or was a head of it's time, may well become a success after all. Weather it be a business idea, a band, art, music or an invention chances are what may have gone down like a lead balloon in the past may well bring you success in the future.

Maybe something seems to be falling out of fashion and beginning to look like a failure, when in fact all it may need is a bit of attention, a tweak hear and there, just to keep it with the times.

Change is inevitable and can be very useful, can you use it to your advantage?

Happy Accidents.

Sometimes what is assumed a failure, becomes more of a success then the original idea would have been, if it had not failed.

  • Some of the mix of foods you eat, were the result of an accidental ingredient or two being added.
  • Many an invention and idea was discovered while looking for or experimenting on, something else entirely.
  • Some medication and chemicals were similarly found by mistake, unintentionally becoming more successful then could have been imagined.
  • There are also plenty of gadgets and inventions that didn't work for there desired use. Yet have often gone on to have been used for something completely different and to great success.

For all the reasons mentioned, it just goes to show how failure really can and does lead to success!

Has failure ever lead to success for you?

  • Lots of times.
  • A few times.
  • Only once.
  • Not yet but I think it will one day.
  • Not yet and I don't think it ever will.
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wrenfrost56 3 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you very much for your kind words pinky, glad you enjoyed my hub :)


pinky 3 years ago

brilliant ..i love it especially the title of everything change ,,it help me to open my eye ..... it's great , thanks


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thanks again quicksand :) Bring on the dent! :)


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quicksand 4 years ago

When success strikes, it strikes so hard that it leaves a permanent dent! Lol!


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for commenting goforthejuggler, I am glad you found it useful. :) And good luck with breaking into the entertainment industry.


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for commenting goforthejuggler, I am glad you found it useful. :) And good luck with breaking into the entertainment industry.


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GoForTheJuggler 4 years ago from Texas

This is a great hub, and I find myself going through the stages of this "checklist" quite often. It's easy to get discouraged (especially when trying to break into the entertainment industry), but we learn more through failure than success. Great hub, voted up and across!


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you gguy, your comment is much appreciated. :)


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you epke. ;)


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you epke. ;)


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you sk. :)


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you my success guru :)


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drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

A great Hub containing lots of valuable information! I also love to write on success as not only does it motivate me to do better in life, but I hope that it also inspires others too. Thank you for this post as it was very intriguing!


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swapnil Gawande 5 years ago from Amravati (India

really a nice work thanks for sharing


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airie 5 years ago from Davao City

Very nice and interesting article, what I learn here I want to apply all of these by myself. Thanks for sharing this.


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bucker98 5 years ago

Sweet! Thanks for this hub. I just came from a failed job interview and your hub just helped me get my chin back up! Thanks again. :D


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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Good article, as a fan and follower of the history of Walt Disney, I can tell you several things

1) He went bankrupt once

2) He had one major cartoon character stolen from him which led to coming up with Mickey Mouse

3) His bankers laughed at him at the idea of putting a hotel in an "amusement park" (last time I was in Florida all 46 thousand rooms were booked at Disney))

4) Disney imagineering has thousands of ideas and inovations sitting on the shelf waiting for the right time and project.

So don't let failure or fear of failure hold you back.

There is a saying " It is not shameful to fail, it is only shamefull to not try something out of fear of failure"


Ekpe Essien Edem 5 years ago

thanks for your advice.indeed change is a constant occurance.


sk 6 years ago

Great article dear.Thanks for sharing.


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my-success-guru 6 years ago from Upstate NY

Hey wrenfrost56,

Great advice on success!

Stop by and see me an share your great insights!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you Entourage_007. :)


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Entourage_007 6 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

I've always said that if you really work toward improvement. You tend to learn more from your mistakes than you do your successes, and if you dont learn from your mistakes, you hinder your chance for success. GREAT HUB!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you entertainmentplus, I very much enjoyed your hub on antioxidents. :)


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Awesome article thanks for sharing.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment andromida, I am pleased you liked my hub.


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andromida 6 years ago

Great hub-success ideas are so beautifully explained; I also think that changing one's perspective of success is one of the turning point in changing life.Thank you.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you kirstenblog, glad you enjoyed my hub. :)


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment free ubuntu now, sounds like me and John Maxwell are on the same wavelength, sounds like a smart man. Glad you loved my hub. :)


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kirstenblog 6 years ago from London UK

What an uplifting read. I agree that being able to spot when you reach a goal or have even a small success its important to be able to spot it. I find that by being able to spot even small successes I start seeing even more, like a wonderful cycle. Many small successes can add up to one whopper of a success. Thanks for writing this one!


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free ubuntu now 6 years ago from http://freeubuntunow.com

Love the article. An awesome book I read on failure is Failing Forward by John Maxwell. Similar stuff. John incorporates failure as a part of success also.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you samboiam, glad you enjoyed it. :)


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Great article. I enjoy your style of writing. Count me in as a fan.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment martycraigs, I am glad you enjoyed my hub.


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martycraigs 6 years ago

Great to see an uplifting hub such as this. Failure can often lead to success when you learn from your mistakes and gain a deeper understanding or new knowledge.

Thanks for writing on this topic.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment also FirststepsFitness, looking forward to reading more of your work also.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment theirishobserver, I am glad you enjoyed this hub.


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Very insightful , your hubs bring everyone together , make everyone feel we have so much in common even as we all differ .....


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theirishobserver. 6 years ago from Ireland

excellent hub, my paid job is as a business consultant so you are really good at what you do, well done


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment free online live, I am very pleased you enjoyed my hub. :)


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free online live 6 years ago from Wanderer

That is an awesome article, wrenfrost56.

Thanks for a nice read!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment Winsome. Your great example perfectly illistates a happy accident.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi WF, they say experience comes from mistakes and wisdom comes from experience. =:) The Post-it story from 3M illustrates your point perfectly. Some guy wanted to put a note on a photo but didn't want to hurt it so he remembered that so and so had some glue that didn't work and put some on. It worked so well that others would use it from time to time and they suggested to management that it should be made into a product. Management discouraged the idea for a long time saying "No one would ever pay money for glue that doesn't stick." One brave soul decided to try marketing it and the rest is history. Thanks for a great hub.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment Teresa, I am very much enjoying your work also.


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

wrenfrost56, all these here are very true to use, practice, and a virtue to have if one wants to succeed in life. I totally agree with you and the elaboration of each values has added more power to the words. Congratulations.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you for your comment TINA V, I always enjoy reading your work too. :)


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TINA V 6 years ago

I agree with you. There is really no short cuts to success. We can also make use of our failures to achieve it. We only have to look at the positive side. You have presented good insights to your readers.

Again, I always like to read your hubs. Happy Weekend!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you drej2522, glad you enjoyed my hub. :)


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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

I agree...I believe for every misfortune there's an answer, a gift, behind it...you just have to find it. Although, I think sometimes we are so overwhelmed by the failure that we can't get past it.

I like how you mentioned 'know what you don't want'. I think elimination is a key component to any success. Anyway, before I ramble on and on, nicely done!

Insightful hub! Two enthusiastic thumbs way up! ~ says drej2522 of hubpages.com


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you CMHypno, I am glad you enjoyed this hub. I agree with you it is easy to get stuck in a rut, I like how you call it semi-comfortable.


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Very interesting Hub, especially the bit about fearing success. I think a lot of us get stuck in a semi-comfortable rut and find it difficult to get out. Then what might seem a bad thing at the time (losing a job, home, splitting up with a partner etc) might in the long run be a blessing in disguise because it takes you in a completely different direction to one we might have actively chosen


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you very much, I always value your opinion and enjoy reading your work also. :)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

I love this hub and especially love the Everything changes paragraph as it's so true. In fact like gf899 I also like the Happy Accidents as well as that has happened loads in my life. Really enjoyed reading this, your hubs just get better young lady !!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K. Author

Thank-you Greg, I am glad you enjoyed my hub and I appreciate your thoughts and comment. :)


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gf899 6 years ago from Central Florida

Great article! Happy accidents in a world of change is such a perfect description of day to day life. :)

Greg

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