Why failure can be a good thing

Failure. It’s not a word a lot us like to hear is it? It’s viewed as the opposite of success. But is it always a negative thing? As a word, it gets a raw deal. It makes us feel bad, when we can try and take away the good bits out of it. The word failure can even scare people. It can stop people from trying things out that might go well. What will people think of us if we fail? How are we going to move on after a bit of failure? In some situations, I think there are lots of things we can learn from failure. It can actually help us out. So here’s seven things that are good about failure.

  1. It’s going to happen whether we like it or not…We are not super-beings. Yes we’re masters at juggling all kinds of things and winging it through life. But we can’t do everything. So accept that failure is going to crop up here and there.
  2. It teaches us something we didn’t know before…When something doesn’t go to plan, it’s always a chance to learn something. Failure teaches us about ourselves but also about things that are beyond our control.img_5914
  3. We know for next time!..Ever experienced a failure and then afterwards saying to yourself “That won’t happen again!”? Sometimes it shows us what we’re not comfortable doing. It also hows us what we can try differently next time. So don’t let failure put you off trying out things again. Failure can happen for a number of reasons, some might not affect things next time.
  4. It’s part of the journey…Whatever we’re trying to do or work on, dealing with a bit of failure on the way is part of moving closer to success.
  5. It doesn’t mean we are complete failures as human beings…Just because something goes wrong it doesn’t mean we are failures or incapable. It also doesn’t mean that things won’t go right next time.
  6. It happens to everyone…It really does. Anyone you admire – bet they’ve experienced some kind of failure. At some point everyone has failed in their life. Not everything can be plain sailing. Some people are better at hiding at managing their failures than others. Some people are more comfortable about experiencing failures. Some don’t realise they’ve failed and keep going anyway. Failure doesn’t discriminate so it can affect all of us at any point.
  7. It actually makes us stronger…When you’ve experienced things going wrong, the experience makes us more resilient and more importantly more aware.

Check out next week’s blog on top tips on how to deal with failure.

Over to you…What do you think about the word failure? How does it make you feel? How do you deal with failures?

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13 thoughts on “Why failure can be a good thing

  1. Chilli Regina says:

    So true. Nodded my head with every line you wrote. It’s so important not to fear failure as just like you’ve said, it’s what is making us stronger, wiser, and life far more interesting!:) #coolmumclub

  2. justsayingmum says:

    Oh Sunita this is such a great read and so true – we can learn so much from our failings if we are really honest with ourselves. The happening to everyone point is so worth bearing in mind – it’s so easy to think it’s just us isn’t it? I’m going to read this post to my children for sure! #CoolMumClub

    • Sunita says:

      Thanks Helen. How amazing you’re sharing this blog post with your teens! That’s brilliant. Yep everyone fails at something. We may just not hear about it. But failures can also be something to be proud of as we learn lots along the way! #coolmumclub

  3. mummuddlingthrough says:

    This is a really poignant message to me right now. I randomly applied for a job last month, and for the first time in my life, I didn’t get it. In fact I didn’t even get shortlisted. You are so right though – it made me reflect on a lot of things and most of all, what I really want to do and achieve with my blog. Building a creative, flexible career that I am passionate about in blogging. I think 😉 As always, still mulling it over ha!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

    • Sunita says:

      Thanks MMT. Yep things not going to plan can make us think. Maybe even give us a bit of focus as you say. I know you’ll be fab whatever route you take. You have a fab blogging style xx #coolmumclub

  4. The Pramshed says:

    Such a great post hun, I’m seeing the last 8 months at work not as a failure, but it enabled me to see that I needed to do something else. Now I’m a little scared that the next step might end up being a failure, but also really excited that it could lead to something big. Claire x

    • Sunita says:

      Cheers Claire. Your view is so important. Sometimes things make you see something else for sure. New steps are always a bit nerve-wracking. I remember how I felt before big career changes. You’ll be a great success wherever the change takes you. So deserve to be excited. Xx hope to see you soon x Sunita

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