This is a great question!
Everybody is unique and has their own definition on what constitutes true failure for them. We all do not struggle the same way. In my experiences throughout my own life and my career path, true failure is when you commit your very being into something (whether it be an assignment, major exam, job etc.), you fall short of your expectations, and then ultimately give up because you cannot cope with the fact that you could not hit your objective. I believe that when you give up, that is when you fail. It's crucial to understand that whatever endeavors/goals you set for yourself in life, you cannot let setbacks stop you from achieving your goals. Failure breeds success. Some of the most successful people in this world have failed a countless amount of times before they ever became successful. Failure is often times necessary because it will force you to think/act differently. You will learn so much through failure, always be cognizant of that!
Good luck in your journey my friend!
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" Wayne Gretzky -Michael Scott
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called "ADAPT: Why Success Always Starts with Failure". Everything is trial and error and there is always room for improvement. It is always a
journey to learn and adapt along the way.
We have been raised from the childhood to understand the definition of the success and its so much in our DNA that when we are not able to achieve something that we thought we could, we term that state as 'failure'. Now there might be many reasons behind the why and what of the situation that led to the moment. But, at that moment, the most important questions one must ask him/herself are:
1. Have I given my best to what I wanted to do?
2. Have I learnt anything from it?
3. Do I know what I want to do next?
If at that moment one can answers of all the above three questions, one understands the perspective and definition behind the term "Failure". To some its seen as lessons learnt, whereas to others its a realisation to do something more.
Once I read this and I never forget:
F.A.I.L. - "First attemp in learning"
Practically speaking its not necessary that people should have the interest in task or project... but once they are truly committed for the task or project with their "Mind and Soul" will bring in interest and get all the support required to Excel...
When people are not truly committed with their "Mind and Soul" we still see them struggle in different ways based on the task or project.
Thomas Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing light bulb when asked about these failures Edison once said, “I have not failed 1,000 times—I’ve successfully found 1,000 ways that will not work.”
Imagine if he had quit after failures.
I think, in any context, failure for me would be to know what you should/could/need to do, but not even try.
There is no such item as failure. There are learning opportunities. If you try something that in your mind is not a success, take away the items that you feel you could of done better and build upon those items. As long as you try you are succeeding.
Great question. Failure is the stepping stone to success. If we don't fail it means we are not experimenting new things.
I would like to quote about failure from Swami Vivekananda,
Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life--these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles.
We become wiser through failures. Time is infinite.
Take Courage and Work On!!
Everyone faces struggles and setbacks. Nobody is perfect or an expert on everything. There are many things we do not have any control over. Often the only thing we can control is our reaction. Therefore it is important to focus on how we react. Are we making things worse? Can we make things better? What can we learn from the setback? Most struggles are not unique. Someone, somewhere, at some time had the same or similar struggle. We are not alone in this regard. By reading about, observing, and learning how others have dealt with or deal with struggles, we can gain insight and inspiration. This can make us better prepared to deal with our own struggles.
Good luck and keep learning.
Thank you for your thoughtful question. You have a lot of great responses here. For me, failure is simply not accomplishing the goal I've set-out to complete. And I think we do all struggle in different ways, just like we learn and grow differently. What may be a struggle for me might not be for someone else.
It truly doesn't mean the project or goal was not a success. Often, planning an executing a project leads to insight that can help for a future assignment and going through failure can make your next initiative even better because of what you took the time to learn, evaluate and analyze.
"Don't be afraid to fail, just make the choice to fail forward. Use it to learn, grow and become the you who you were meant to be." - Author Jon Gordon
Best wishes to you in your future educational and career goals.
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In our culture, failure is not widely accepted, however, this is changing. I think failure can be either a source of discovery and new valuable knowledge about ourselves or the evidence for some to stop trying. Failure is what you choose to be for you. Choose wisely, do your best, be willing to take risks and learn from failure fast!
Edison failed many times before he invited the bulb.
If you keep trying, you never fail :)
Some even struggle with learning disabilities; however, through tutoring and lots of practice can still be achieved. Also, know that failure is apart of life and that life would not be what it is if everything was handed to us; we have to prove its worth by working hard for it. That's what makes life difficult because when we fail we think to give up but this is life's way of tricking us.
If you are struggling with a task and can seek out help this is most advised because whether its a physical or mental task, two heads are better than one; meaning someone else's advice or help can be useful for a different perspective.
Know that you should never give up!
Best of luck
It does not matter much if we lose the final battle but the steps we went through change us a lot in a way that makes us feel we are not same anymore.
So Winning the battle might be the target but every step we follow to get success is necessary.
So keep trying irrespective of success or failure.
We ALL Struggle. "Struggle " should be seen as a New Learning opportunity rather than a tired activity.
It's just that some people gets the learning, by quickly seeing other people struggle and Others learn by self committing errors.
Struggle becomes a tiresome activity if it is accompanied by other factors like fear of entering unknown zone.
I usually encounter Struggle by writing negative thoughts that come in during struggle phase and then final outcome i see when i come out of the struggle, which indicates lots of negative thoughts that i had were not only baseless but never happened during the struggle. So remembering the past experience and moving forward with hope, thats the way it is for me.
One bit of advice I recall when I was younger was that "you can afford to fail 3-4 times when you're young". In other words, it was encouraged to try something and be ok with failing. When you're younger (or more specifically, when you have less tying you down like a mortgage or family), you have a longer runway to recover and try new things.
I failed a class during college - it helped me learn which areas I was most interested and I came up with better ways to study and be more productive
I quit my first big job after college - I realized I was in a role that didn't use my full potential (and I wasn't particularly great at) and I pivoted to a company and career I really love
There are so many defining moments in my life that were considered "failures" but each one brought me closer to success.
The 'Failure' in my definition is either you stopped trying or you missed to act on time. But what is important is to take the lessons from your failures as these are the most valuable things they leave behind. Also keep failures in mind not to fear but to remember the magnitude you need to enhance to overcome next time !!
Good Luck for your success !!
Failure for me is not giving my best. The outcome doesn't matter, it's the journey that counts.
Be it an assignment in college or a high profile project at work, when one drives it with all his/her passion the learnings can be abundant.
These learnings then transcend into a major personal win irrespective how successful the final outcome turns out.
The ones who you see with great success have failed multiple times in their life.
Without failure you wont have the chance to correct yourself.
Hence accept failure and find ways to move ahead.
"Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up" - Alfred Pennyworth (From the movie, Dark Knight)
Everyone will face failure at one point of time in their career. Keep trying and learn from your mistakes.
According to me failure is not about failing to achieve something, failure is not about not able to complete the goal you decided for yourself.
Failure is not learning your mistake, not realizing what went wrong and not able to accept your own mistake.
Get the Experience of each and every step and move to SUCCESS.
There are already very good answers around how we can take failure as a path to success.
Another times, when I have felt myself a failure is "when I have not given my best" towards a goal. So, I think we should always consider being positive and motivated to working towards our goal.
If you stop after failure then that is actual failure but if you move ahead then it is a step toward success.
Do you remember how many times you fell, before you could successfully ride a bicycle or how many hours you spent on guitar perfecting that song you like.
We all struggle. May be not at the same task, but we all have that one thing we would like to achieve and we keep trying until we succeed. I would say, if you are not failing at a task ever, then that task is too simple for you and you have to move to a difficult task.
My attitude towards failure:
Yes, I failed. That means, there is something I missed, miscalculated, misjudged or did differently. Failure means there is a scope for you to grow. Failure is the key to gain experience. Failure is the challenge that keeps you going. In short, failure is a step towards success.
So according to me word Failure should be replaced by Experience. There is always something you can Learn from your mistakes or so called failure.
In my point of view, failure is something which let us constantly learn with more enthusiasm and hard work. Failure is not the result but a practice to get passed in a satisfied way.
I hope this helps!
Best of luck!
But the more we think we are limited, the more we are limited. Simply because our doubtful thoughts makes us blind to see the opportunities when they are in front of us.
So success or failure is not permanent, change is the only constant.
Do you know Why do successful people became great people and added values to life? Simply because they failed a lot but they didn't give up. After each fall down they stand stronger than before. The beat that never break your bone, strengthen it. Get the lessons from your failure to avoid in your next endeavor. Don't look back to your failure , think of your future, look foward to passing your way to achieve your goals.
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FAILURE for me is a very important step in achieving something. It is not something that I get upset about, it rather reflects the precise areas in which one needs improvisation. And working hard for that makes one very much more efficient and prepared for the next try. Truly said "Failures are the stepping stones to success"
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I think the definition of failure is very personal to every individual. What is failure to me may not be a failure to you. Often, to me failure is when my expectations are not met. Let me give you a broad example. Suppose I attended an exam and after the exam, I felt I did a great job and expected great results. However, the results turned out to be very different. That would be a failure from my perspective, because I failed to meet my own expectations and would thrive harder the next time.
I also believe that giving up without offering our 100% effort is also a form failure. Irrespective of the result, if we gave our 100% effort, that would still be a success.
Failure is something that can be difficult to label. I would say failure could be defined as when you didn't give your all. If you are doing everything you can and trying to the best of your abilities and beyond then it is impossible to fail. However failure doesn't signify the end of the road, ultimately it is a push to keep you going and to help you realize your true potential. Don't be afraid to fail, what is important is that you get back up and keep pushing.
I would define failure as when you let yourself, your teammates, your advisor/supervisor/reviewer and your target audience down. For example, when a team has a stellar regular season but gets bounced in the first round of the playoffs because the star player did not play well. The key is to fail early in the process so you can learn from your mistakes and push forward with new perspectives/information. The later in the process you experience failure, the harder it is to react and recover. When going for any major endeavor in life and career, always do a “risk assessment” up front to anticipate what could go wrong and how you might react. This helps “mitigate risk” or reduce risk.