Failure Is The First Step Towards Success

“Failure is the first step towards success” is one of the most used, quoted and publicized  quotes and often told to many of us in many different stages of life ,but it can be difficult to follow its mantra.  Sometimes we want all the “success” but don’t want to experience the hard work, pain and in many cases failure.  Almost everything in life requires to learn or try something that you never have done before. That’s why mistakes, mishaps and failure often times happens when we decide to go after our goals and dreams. This relates to anything in life whether you are trying to better your life by reading more, starting a new workout routine or even starting a business. Needless to say to have success in anything we have to keep in mind that we may (will) fail sometimes.

What is Failure? 

Trial and error are usually the best way to find out what works and what doesn’t work. It is the means of solving life’s problems in a sense. Yet many people are afraid to undertake the trial because they’re too fearful of experiencing the mistake. They make the mishap of believing that all errors are wrong and harmful, when most of the time they are both helpful and necessary. Error provides the feedback that points the way to success. Only error pushes people to put together a new and better trial, leading through yet more errors and trials until they can ultimately find a viable and creative solution. To meet with an error is not to fail, but to take one more step on the path to final success. No errors means no successes either.

What Can We Learn From Failure 

The only method we can learn to rise from failure is when we have been through it. When we know what we did wrong in the first place, when we have tried every known way that’s exactly when it will dawn on us the right way to get up. Success depends on us if we have fallen time after time, it’s time to build a different strategy for getting up then try again. Most people can’t succeed because they don’t want to get up after they have failed. May people have a serious misconception when it comes to “failure” because they put negative labels on people they deem to have failed? It’s important to understand that any time we fail at something, whether it’s minor or major you have to believe we are one step closer to success.

Final Thoughts 

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. So just go ahead and don’t let these meaningful falls get on your nerves! Adopt the “Never Give Up” mentality even through this may sound cliché it can really change your mindset towards failure. Have you ever had failure in your life? How did you it? Comment Below & if you liked this post please comment!


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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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63 Responses to Failure Is The First Step Towards Success

  1. Great reminder Jay, it is important to embrace failure. I think it’s tremendous to witness leaders who admit failure and to watch them learn from it. Fear of failure is so stifling, the more we can embrace it the better we become and the more valuable we are to ourselves, lives and careers.

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  2. I was always taught that failure of mistakes are often beautiful things because there is no such thing as failing and mistakes can turn out to be the best mistake and change in your life or what you are attempting to achiever, ever. True Story 🙂

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  3. kbeezyisviral says:

    Failure is a mistake, and if you make the same mistake twice then you haven’t learned. Experience is the best teacher, and the path to success is only possible without failure. Being persistent and determined is the only way to overcome failure. I’ve failed many times at starting up my publishing company, but I’ve learned to overcome all of the mistakes. I’m going to continue to make more mistakes and learn from them.

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  4. Thank you Jay. I agree that is the way we learn.

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  5. Martha DeMeo says:

    What great information! My grandson just turned 18 and he has a rough past year with family problems. He had a hard road but I’m proud that he considered it as a learning experience and is moving forward without looking back. He starts college the end of the month. So, so proud of him.

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  6. sargondorsai says:

    I’ve got an impressive collection of failures. Things I can point back at and say, Those didn’t work. Those failed. Hell, I’m on my third marriage. However, in those failures, I’ve found what didn’t work. I’m found what I needed to do to improve. My family life now is fantastic and even though we’re still struggling in our day to day lives, we’re still happy as a family.

    Failure really is a step in the process. We can’t let it get us down.

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  7. Well said, though growing up my sports coaches never seemed to remember this!! LOL

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  8. Tanya Cliff says:

    Excellent post. It is a great reminder to let go of the fears that so easily restrict and just keep pushing ahead.

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  10. Failures are often the greatest lessons of life. We can learn what did not work and what would work better. A lack of failure simply means we are not stretching ourselves enough.

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  11. ameniki says:

    This is a topic near and dear to my heart because, I have failed in business 5 times, blogging for business ABOUT business is my 6th attempt…. I have learnt so much about failure and fear of failure. The fact that I did blogging AFRAID, has helped me SLAY failure. I am the real MVP, of failing forward…Great post as usual!

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  12. Dope post Jay! LOVED It.

    This was my favorite part:

    . Success depends on us if we have fallen time after time, it’s time to build a different strategy for getting up then try again.

    definitely words of wisdom!

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  13. I agree. Not only do we learn by our failures, but sometimes a failure becomes a favoured memory.

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  14. Great post on failure – never give up, always learn, have the courage to see and determination to get up and go for it again and again.

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  15. Keshia D. W. says:

    You hit the nail on the head! We have to embrace every part of the experience on our road to success. The only fear we should have is the fear of REGRET. Get started! Take the first step! I’d rather have the hardships that come with my trying, than look back and regret that I never set out to try. I love your posts!

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  16. marvaseaton says:

    It doesn’t matter if you fail as long as you are willing to try again. Success does not always happen at the first try but you can achieve it if you don’t give up.

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  17. Dean says:

    I can say from personal experience, having trained with top class athletes, that they did not get to where they are now without failure. I totally agree it is through experiences and trial and error that a person really learns and grows 😀 It’s just about accepting that failure is sometimes best for you.

    One step back, two steps forward 💪🏻

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  19. dvaal says:

    How many times have I failed? I’m sure I’ve lost count. Great article. It is always hard to get back up no matter how many times things don’t go the way you plan. Since publishing my book I’ve been blessed by the responses and critiquing of its content, yet just this week I got a rejection letter to be part of a huge book fair in Lexington, Ky. They based their criteria upon things that put me in the back seat (such as: Whether you’ve been a part of previous author events we’ve had in the past). Now this wasn’t it, but it hits home. You have to have done -to get. A huge let down but when they only accept 180 authors out of 400 I was not alone.

    I’m glad that although it hurts – I am strong enough to keep getting back up.

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  21. Jay – I re-blogged this. Thank you.

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  22. taylormitch says:

    As a teacher, I am always teaching my students to embrace failure and see it as an opportunity to rise to the occasion. For many of them it has proven beneficial as I am able to watch them use these “failures” to keep striving for their goal. It is an awesome thing to see when they all reach their goals.

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  23. This is another reminder. Some people take failure as an end of everything. Failure is such a big motivation and an art of seeing life in other perspective, failure means a chance to revamp things the way it should be to enhance and improve what have been the things you’re failing about.

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  24. Shubham Paul says:

    Failure is just an illusion. Success is the reality. Here, illusion helps to build the reality. Like, failures are like stones and success is like journey. You will encounter “n” number of failures like you hit the stones. Believe in yourself. Keep going. Peace.

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  25. Bill Gates applied for a business loan 250 times from a bank before they gave him one. If you failed, you stopped trying. Its very simple.

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  26. Nand Kishor Lodhi says:

    Failure is nothing but a teaching
    Which shows attempts were not sufficient….

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  27. Another great article Jay. I write about baseball where failing 7 times out of 10 is considered good. I think that the truly successful people in life (and baseball) have a high failure-tolerance. I admit it – I don’t. I want instant gratification and get frustrated easily. Maybe frustration-tolerance is a personality trait – or a well honed skill!

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  28. doodlessworld says:

    I love what you write absolutely 🙂

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  29. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Failure exists in the way you define your outcome. My biggest failures lately have been from not trying. This is a way to play it safe but it isn’t energizing. I just came up with my first three steps to take forward and I am going to take action on them before Friday. Thanks for the space to reflect.

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  30. Hi Jay, great work as always. I love reading your posts as you cover similar topics to me, all of which I find fascinating. I have shared this on my Twitter page – @tbolclub lets connect on there! Thanks, Matt


  31. malisehoney says:

    Great post, well said! Would love some thoughts and feedback on my first official content piece about ‘a change for the better’ 😊


  32. “The only method we can learn to rise from failure is when we have been through it”, very well said. Thank you for this motivating blog 🙂

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  33. Good post I really got to learn to bounce back from failure.

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  34. I enjoyed this post. I guess, if you must face failure to succeed, then I have a very bright future.

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  35. kamasduty says:

    really good post, Ive recently made a post covering success, that didn’t bother to mentioned the conception of failing. thank you for bringing that forward

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  36. Follower says:

    Thank you for the inspirational thoughts.


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  37. shreya says:

    I absolutely agree..Thanks Jay to rev me up once again.

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  38. DuanZeav says:

    Excellent post, Jay. Very insightful way of writing how to approach one’s failure.

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