The Power in Failure

By: Kwam


Thomas Edison once said, “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." No one sets out to fail. It’s something we dread and make every effort to avoid. But if we are to succeed, we must take risks and seize new opportunities, which can inevitably bring challenges and adversity. Edison failed many times before he invented the light bulb. But in his mind, he never failed, the light bulb was just an invention with 1,000 steps.

If it is success you desire, failure is unavoidable. Failure offers valuable information and are helpful guides, not signals to give up.The fine line between winning and losing is often by our perception of failure.  You should seize every opportunity to learn from your mistake. Herb True, professor of psychology and professional speaker, stated, "successful people often experience more failures than failures do. But they manage to press on."

Themes of hardship can be found in the story of those successful and those that have failed, the difference is in their response. The men and women who achieve the greatest triumphs, often times overcome the greatest difficulties, but those are the ones that inspire us the most. 

Sauni's Story


1. Change your perception. Live like it’s impossible to fail. That is to say treat every failure as an opportunity of growth. It’s simple math once you have allowed this concept to sink in. Check this out, Failure often means some type of hurt, hurt implies there will be some healing, healing means there’s new growth, growth means progress, and if you’re progressing that means you are winning. Therefore Failure = Winning. As it’s been stated there is usually a fine line between winning and losing often determined by our perception of failure. So choose to change your perception, live like it’s impossible to fail. 

2. Stop comparing yourself to others. We tend to feel as though we are failing so much, because we are more concerned with the judgement of others and less concerned with our own impressions.  Remember there is no one in the world like you, therefore no one will every have your same journey. Why compare circumstances that will never be equal? Focus on YOU more and THEY less. 

Just keep going 

Just keep going 

3. NEVER.STOP.TRYING. I know many of us have seen the image of the two men digging a tunnel towards riches. The character at the bottom of the image quits after it seems he'd been digging for some time. He allowed himself to be defeated. As a result, he never realizes that had he kept on for possibly one more day, he would have found the treasure he sought. This is to say, don’t miss your ‘one day’ and quit because you feel as though you aren't making any progress.

Your dream could be right around the corner NEVER.STOP.TRYING.  
4. Read! There are people who have gone through failure in the past and learned how to deal with it. If you are serious about finding the power in failure you will seek the knowledge of those that have gone through it before. Pick up a book and leverage it to build your own methods of finding the power in failure.

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Books = Knowledge = Power

Each lesson, we offer you new sources of Power!