Failure is the Fuel

By Remaliah Jackson

When individuals are told the phrase “learn from your mistakes”, a few will apply that phrase to their life with no problem. However, if and when people hear “use failure to push you” they get scared because the process involves failure. This is because short-term mistakes don’t make a huge dent in someone’s life. In fact, mistakes are often associated with the quote “you live and you learn”. Because mistakes are an accidental wrong action, it doesn’t seem like the result of failing. American entrepreneur Jim Rohn views failure as “ not a single, cataclysmic event…nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day”. Because failure lasts longer than a few mistakes, people are afraid to fail at life.

Most associate the word failure with defeat. However, most do themselves an injustice by missing the opportunity to view failure as the key ingredient to success. Within our world today, most restrict themselves to their comfort zones because taking a risk would cost them long-lasting failure. Yes, failure can be painful and uncomfortable, but it has the power to push inhabitants to their fullest potential. Defeat is not a destination, but perhaps the transportation needed to take individuals to success. Failure is about perspective. When one views failure negatively, they are constantly allowing failure to defeat them. One will always stay in their comfort zone or view setbacks as their destination and give up. However, to view defeat as an overcomeable obstacle will help shape and grow an individual to their great potential. For example, Thomas Edison, who was the inventor of the light bulb, failed more than 1,000 times but refused to give up. Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” In result, after a series of failure, Thomas Edison was able to make something out of failure. The failures that come in life are meant to push an individual to their greatest potential and encourage one to keep trying. When one is knocked down in life, “the most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”(Edison).

Failure is our most malicious but greatest teacher. It causes pain and struggle, but it also can help discover new personal qualities. Defeat has the ability to teach determination and hard work. When failure appears, one has the choice to work hard enough to not let failure defeat them. Success is on the other side of trying again. Most fear failure because failure can put one’s life into an unfortunate season. However, using failure as fuel to grow can change a situation around positively.

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