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Lifeskills - How to Fail Successfully - how failure helps success.

Updated on March 27, 2012

Failure leads to success

Success and Failure
Success and Failure

Failure leads to Success.

Failure leads to success if we make it a learning experience: Failure is not in the opposite direction to Success. It is a place we can choose to stop at along the journey. How we accept failure can lead us on to success. If at first you don't succeed. try. try again. This adage is remarkably true and must have been written for someone who experienced the bitter taste of failure but did not give in. It was penned by William E. Hickson.

Whatever we think we might like to do the outcome is uncertain, but that is not a reason to be afraid of trying . Disappointment is the opposite of appointment and we all have an appointment with our destiny. How we deal with failure and disappointment is one of the valuable life skills and a lesson we do well to learn early rather than latter in life. Over protectiveness may not be the kindness it is meant to be. It is life's little knocks that give us strength and make us smarter. Resilience in the face of defeat can turn the situation around.

Adrenalin is the result of the fight or flee impulse when we detect we are in physical danger. There is no shame in retreat if we can return later to fight on. Victory takes added effort to be won. Achievement or underachievement. The ones who strive to achieve success are like the proverbial Hare and Tortoise. It is not the instant success that is the most durable or worthwhile. Remember these things when you journey through life. Keep a clear vision of the path and where it is leading you. So many pointers are there to inspire us. One door closes and another one opens. Be nice to people on the way up the ladder to success because you may well meet them again coming back down. Think about these things and the truth within them.

Be careful what you wish for, your dreams may come true!

On the Way Up?

Success is often born out of failure
Success is often born out of failure

How the mighty fall, but rise again to succeed.

Last night doing some revision with my son for his tests, we read Sir Winston Churchill recounting the great troubles he experienced with examinations. He told in great detail and with some wit how his long list of failures at Latin, Science and Mathematics were eventually overcome. Many academics would have pronounced him to be second rate if judging him only on his examination results. Yet this man became one of the great Statesmen of the 20th century. He was gifted with great oratory that led the nations to victory. in addition, he was an accomplished painter and writer. Each one of us has the potential within us to achieve great things so long as we stick at it and don't give up. Failures will surely lead to success if we learn from them and readjust our efforts.

Another of my personal heroes is Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire businessman who despite leaving school at 15 years of age, went on to carve a niche for himself with his Virgin Brand. Firstly with music and other business ventures which now encompass railways and airlines and many philanthropic enterprises. He remains the same likeable, earnest fellow he always was. Success has not changed him but allowed his generosity of spirit to reach out and help others. These two men and others are excellent role models and examples of how to turn failure into success. Again, it is a question of attitude. Remain positive in the face of defeat. And as Scarlet O'Hara said somewhere . . . " Tomorrow is another day!"

Sir Winston Churchil & Edward Elgar - both Late developers

Enduring success takes time to achieve.

Since the joining of European countries into a Union of trading nations, there has been a long period of peace. This is to some extent the result of a slowly achieved success in political stabily and joint agreements.

When I started this Hub, I was looking at the topic on a more personal level and yet it can be applied at communal, national and international levels. Many of the major issues affecting us today especially relating to serious environmental problems will require considerable compromises by all parties concerned. Failure to reach agreement must not stop us in our search for a successful resolution. Failure is not an option . . . merely a stepping stone to Success. Amen.

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    • Raitu Disong profile image

      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      Very inspiring!

      Thank you for sharing:)

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      pepsiperfect 4 years ago

      second is first of the losers

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      A great inspirational hub! I agree entirely, it is all about attitude. You can give up and stop at a barrier, or just find a way around it ... or even smash the hell through it ... depending on your approach lol.

      Shared with followers, up and useful

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Thanks so much for your kind comments. I hesitated to use the video, but it was actually sent to me by a colleague today. Sir WC was a many faceted man who struggled to achieve the attention of the nation. I am pleased to hear you admire him too. Ciao for now, Christo.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Dear Sonya,

      Thanks for following me. I note that you too have travelled widely which fuels experiences for your writing. I look forward to reading your posts and knowing where you will settle to school your child. We had to make a similar decision and it was not easy. We toyed with the idea of home schooling. Ended up in an International Academy in Jubail where my wife was also offered a job! We made it work but have since moved on.

      Thanks for your comments. Ciao for now, Christo.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Hey,

      Sorry for my late reply - I was on leave and travelling!

      Thanks for reading & glad to meet you too!

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Tina,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment & vote!

      HP encourages us to keep on trying to get better

      Cheers,

      Christo.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I have been almost a perfectionist and have had big problems with failure. But with age, I am beginning to see it differently and also know that failure is the way to success because we need to learn before we can be successful.

      Interesting hub, and I agree with your statement that failure is not an option when it comes to the environmental problems. Voted up, interesting

      Tina

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      So nice to be here and all your encouragement. Many thanks, Christo.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Inspiring! Glad you've joined the Hub.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Dear Sonya,

      Thanks for following me. I note that you too have travelled widely which fuels experiences for your writing. I look forward to reading your posts and knowing where you will settle to school your child. We had to make a similar decision and it was not easy. We toyed with the idea of home schooling. Ended up in an International Academy in Jubail where my wife was also offered a job! We made it work but have since moved on.

      Thanks for your comments. Ciao for now, Christo.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I enjoyed reading this, great hub. I agree that there is "no shame in retreat", sometimes success means knowing when to push on and when to hold back.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Thanks so much for your kind comments. I hesitated to use the video, but it was actually sent to me by a colleague today. Sir WC was a many faceted man who struggled to achieve the attention of the nation. I am pleased to hear you admire him too. Ciao for now, Christo.

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Great hub, and I love that you chose Sir Winston Churchill, one of my heroes, a truly great Statesman. Voted up and useful and interesting.