Failure happens to all of us.
Failing is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be your entire life. Failing can lead you to be a step closer to being successful. All successful people failed at one point. Most of us have heard the stories of now, well-known successful people worldwide. I’m going to share a few of my favorites:
J.K. Rowling had just been divorced at the time. She was seemingly poor. She had written the famous “Harry Potter”, sent it to multiple publishers, and was rejected one after another. She didn’t get a break until after a publisher’s child read “Harry Potter” and enjoyed the book. The rest, you can say, turned out well for J.K. because “Harry Potter” is now a series of books and films.
Next, Stephen Spielberg, who was rejected from USC’s school of film and theater not once, not twice, but three times. He interned at Universal Studios. While interning, Spielberg took advantage of this opportunity. He eventually dropped out of school and landed a long term deal with Universal. He later became a pioneer for the “New Hollywood Era” when it comes to films. He is the one of founders of Dreamworks Studios. He earned his degree in 2002 after years of dropping out. However, he was already known as a success story before he earned his degree.
Lastly, J. Cole, who attended St. John’s in New York and changed his major multiple times. He graduated then worked multiple jobs. Understand that music was his passion, so he continued to do that. He waited countless hours outside of a Roc-a-fella records studio only to have his CD rejected by Jay-Z, but J. Cole didn’t give up. He was eventually signed by Jay Z a year later. J. Cole is now one of Roc Nations most decorated artists on their roster.
Just imagine if these people gave up after they failed.
We wouldn’t have the amazing gifts they have given us. That also goes for others like Stephen King, Oprah, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, and so many others. Their failures fueled their success.
How can failure be beneficial?
Sometimes, failure calls for a sense of refocusing. It allows you to get back on track. We often get into routines, and we tend to forget to do the things that are necessary. For example, procrastinating. Once we fail, we aren’t pleased with the feeling. Consequently, we start to take a look back, and correct our mistakes in an attempt to be successful next time. Failure can teach a person some discipline. We come to realization that success is hard work, so we have to be dedicated and disciplined. We need to be disciplined enough to know what we can and can’t do in order to be successful. Failure is due to a lack of focus, discipline, and simply carelessness. That is why when failure occurs, it usually becomes a real eye-opener to most; it can lead them to become a better, more focused person in many different aspects of life.
No one likes to fail or lose; that’s why it’s important to reflect, correct mistakes, and understand what needs to be done in an effort to reach success the next time. There is a saying, “Sometimes we need to fall flat on our faces, so we can see we’re on the wrong path.” I honestly feel that failing, losing, and having set backs are necessary in life. Those things mold people into becoming greater humans. If we never fall, we won’t know that we have what it takes to get back up. If we never lose, we won’t know what winning is like. If we never failed, we wouldn’t strive for success. It goes hand in hand. Look for the positive in the hard times after defeat. There is always a lesson to be learned.
Life is truly a test; when you fail, the only thing to follow failure is success. When you’re at the bottom, the only way to go is up. The next time we fail, it’s not the end of the world. It’s a message, a sign, a comeback for success if we follow the necessary steps, remain focused, disciplined and seize the next opportunity for success when it’s presented.