Failure Good for Success?

Failure is seen as a negative by most people and it’s no surprise, since society and media outlets tend to focus on people’s successes rather than highlighting their failures. The word itself is seen in such a negative light that it seems strange to suggest that it could be positive outcome.  I can think of many times I have looked back on my life, thought of mistakes I’ve made, and kicked myself over them. I’m sure a lot of people have had some of these same thoughts when encountering failures in life. Fear of failure prevents many people from following their dreams or trying something new. Fear of failing is failure in itself because it holds back so many would-be success stories. In fact, most successful entrepreneurs fail in a large majority of their business endeavors, or at the very least they have just as many failures as they have success stories, so it’s logical to deduce that failing or failure has no bearing on their overall level of success. I often remember a quote that always stuck out to me “Failure is the key to success each mistake teaches us something”. Here are some positive outlooks on failure:

  1. Failure means you have courage:

Even though you didn’t get the results you wanted, at least you were trying to do something. So many people let the fear of failure prevent them from reaching for their dreams.So don’t be worried about a failure at least you had the courage to have a go.

2. Failure helps you grow:

When your efforts don’t work out, you have to reach deep inside to find the strength to try again. To solve the problem and make sure you get the desired result, you need to extend yourself and so you grow. After experiencing failure, you will never be the same as you were before you tried. You don’t know how far you can go until you have tried and failed.

3. Failure creates new opportunities:

Many people believe that everything happens for a reason, we just don’t know what it is at the time. Failures often bring unforeseen opportunities that would not have been available without the failure in the first place.

4. Best chance of success:

Don’t view failure as bad luck, instead look at each attempt to reach your goals as a triumph. There’s always something to learn, ways to grow, different viewpoints to see, and new opportunities waiting just around the corner. So get in and have a go.



Copyright ©2016 Jay Colby All Rights Reserved.


About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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10 Responses to Failure Good for Success?

  1. khalilahjones says:

    I agree wholeheartedly! If you have not failed you haven’t gone out on a limb or risked anything. I would rather fail at some things than to wonder what if? Thank you so much for the great read!

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  2. insurgentguy says:

    Hi Jay you highlight four truths that are relevant especially for our generation, that has been made to believe that failure is the end of the world and not part of the learning process.

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  3. jncthedc says:

    Failure is essential for personal growth. If we always succeed, we work within a confined space where outcome is preconceived. This satisfies some lives and becomes a good approach to life. Others need to find greater passion and purpose. These people will learn from errors and build stronger foundations upon which they can grow physically, mentally and emotionally.

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  4. lisabrigman says:

    Failure is the key to success when you learn from it and you don’t let it stop you. The more you fail, the better you can become and you overcome the “fear” that holds you back.

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  5. Gemma says:

    Great post Jay. I stopped by because you liked my post

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  6. Big D says:

    Great post! Definitely agree with it.

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  7. Love this post, I wrote about this a while ago and tried to emphasise that if we do not hit rock bottom how can we climb.. We have to elevate from somewhere.. It’s crucial in order to know your strengths and who you are as a person.

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  8. Lalaa says:

    So very true! Great points.

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  9. Brian Balke says:

    Jay – You’re an excellent writer. This post may made me reflect on my attempts to share my message. They started off as pure philosophy, and only now (in the fourth iteration) are coming to the point that maybe the man on the street can see how they apply to his life. But maybe not even so! I guess that thus far they’d all be classified as failures.
    Maybe I should shift to a different topic. What did Einstein say? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? But, if nothing else, I become clearer every year regarding what’s really meaningful. That keeps me from getting in trouble in other situations!

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