Thomas Edison was hearing impaired. His teachers found him ‘too stupid’ to learn anything. His mother home-schooled him. While talking about his invention of the bulb, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.”
Had Thomas Edison stopped trying after a few failures, would he be able to invent what he could? Ever wondered, what would have happened had he not taken his failures as lessons? Could he have done something historic like inventing a bulb, had he not worked relentlessly even after failing those many times?
The answer to the above mentioned questions is an obvious ‘NO’.
The stupidest mistake that we all do is – perceiving failure as the opposite of success, when it actually is a part of success. Failure actually is about all those times when we fall and refuse to get up. It is very humanly to get disheartened when we fail but there are ways we can overcome it effectively. Mentioned below are some strategies that help in overcoming failures-
- Analyse what went wrong. Jot down points, which led the situation to move south. A critical analysis would help identify the point of failure. This way, it becomes easier to work on the weak points. You might fail many times, but that only means that you are eliminating mistakes one by one.
- Challenge yourself. It is easier to fall apart when you fail. Many might even stop trying. However, giving up is never the solution! Each time you fail, challenge yourself to perform better the next time. Get up, gear up and try again. If not anything else, you will evolve into a better version of yourself!
- Focus on the positives. When you are all broken because of the failure, thinking about the positives really helps in giving you motivation. Maybe you failed in this task, but you definitely have other things that you succeeded in! This really can boost your mood.
- Vent it out. Try to talk it out with a friend or a confidant. As they say, “Sharing a joy means doubled joy. Sharing a sorrow means half a sorrow.”
- Look at the worst case scenario. In some cases, the worst-case scenario may be genuinely disastrous, and it may be perfectly rational to fear failure. In other cases, however, this worst case may actually not be that bad, and recognizing this can help. Nothing can go worse than that, so go ahead, keep trying and success would be all yours.
Always remember, success doesn’t come to those who have never failed, but to those who never quit. You don’t fail until you quit trying!
Choose to succeed or choose to quit. Choice is yours!