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5 Myths of Failure that Hamper Success

Updated on February 26, 2012
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I'm a dad, husband, and Christian first. The rest is just life's add-ons: an educator, administrator, learning & development professional.


People strive to accomplish their goals no matter how small or big. Getting derailed from one’s targets can be a huge turn off. Furthermore, failures to reach goals are often seen as disastrous.

In order to achieve success, one needs to demystify the myths of failure.

1. You can dodge failures

Failures happen more often than you might think. It is a part of everyday life from failed math exams to the cures for diseases. You might dodge one, but surely, there is another coming your way. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, allow me to put it bluntly, you cannot escape from failures.

Everyone eventually fails at something. But the impact varies greatly. Nevertheless, you should not be disheartened by this reality. Instead, you must strive to pursue success even further.

Quotes on Failure

"Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” Zig Ziglar

"Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” C.S. Lewis

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” Chines proverb

Success builds character, failure reveals it” Dave Checkett

I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” Benjamin Franklin

"The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” Sven Goran Eriksson

"As I said there is nothing wrong with failing. Pick yourself up and try it again. You never are going to know how good you really are until you go out and face failure." Henry Kravis

"My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” Mahatma Gandhi

2. Only the dimwitted fails

Failures are often seen as a characteristic of the dumb and the witless. People not worthy of success are the ones who fail. But you will be surprised to know that some of the greatest discoveries were made after countless of failures. Everyone finds themselves in the face of failure at least once in their lives. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and countless others know failure intimately.

3. Failure is what happens now

There is a common belief that failure is an event that happened. Rather, it is a process that led to this unfortunate outcome. If you get an F on your report card; look back at what you did the whole semester. Surely, you’ll find something wrong not just once but in several instances.

In the same manner, success is something you strive for on a daily basis. Small steps will compound into something big and important.

4. Failure is a worldwide enemy

People fear what they do not know or understand. The concept of failure is not spared from this. Many see it like a terrorist cell lurking in your neighborhood. Of course being aware of failure is important, but it is by no means pure evil.

Failures open up avenues for new discoveries. Many individuals found success because of their initial failures. Failures must not be seen as the bad guy, but rather as learning experiences.

5. Failure is the end

Many give up when they find themselves in the face of failure. Depending on the failure, reactions can be anywhere from disbelief to loss of self-worth. Many feel the failure is the end of all things. Some sulk while others go into a more troubling psychological breakdown. The truth is, failures are opportunities to rise. Unless you see it this way, failure will always get the best of you.

How one sees failure affects the persons’ success in the long run. Abraham Lincoln could not have said it clearer, “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there Lisas-thoughts101 ,

      We must treat every opportunity as a learning experience. This way we get to grow and become better at what we do. Again, thanks for reading my hub and for the vote up.

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      Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas


      I really appreciate all your insights on this hub. It is very hard for us to see sometimes, in the middle of the failure, that it is just a learning opportunity. I will try to remember this hub and some of the quotes you used. Thanks for a great hub. Voted up.


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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      hello chinemeremz. I'm glad you appreciated the hub.

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      chinemeremz 6 years ago

      Failure like you rightly said should be seen as a stepping stone to achieving greater things, but these myths surrounding it has really hindered many from getting to the peak of their lifelong desires.

      Thanks for this piece it has really lifted my spirit.