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10 Things You Definitely Should Learn From “Failure”

When I was younger, it never really occurred to me that I could actually learn something when things didn’t work out the way I wanted them to. I was so distraught by the fact that things had gone wrong, that I never even thought to look for the bigger picture and search out the lessons that were always there.

But, there really is so much that can be learned each and every time something doesn’t come together the way you envisioned.

One of the best things we can do is reflect on all those times when things didn’t go as planned and distill the lessons we should have learned. It allows us to make certain we are learning as many lessons as we can from all of our experiences and setting ourselves up for success in the future.

Here’s my list …

10 Things I Learned from “Failure”:

1.  There really is no such thing as failure. Yes, things can go wrong or not according to plan, but really there is no such thing as failure because there is always a very good reason why things didn’t work out and a lesson you need to learn. In the long run, whatever happens is ultimately for your highest good (even if you can’t see how that could ever be true).

2.  If you want something for the wrong reasons, it will never work out the way you want it to in the end.

3.  You can use the fact that things didn’t initially go as you desired as one of your greatest motivators for success in the future. If you choose to look at things correctly, your passion will be reignited.

4.  In one way or another, persistence, dedication and hard work always eventually pay off.

5.  After something goes wrong, if you choose to look for the lessons and turn your attention to improving at whatever it is you were trying to do (instead of just getting frustrated or feeling defeated) you really can dramatically and immediately improve your performance and take things to the next level.

6.  After you fail, three of the best things you should do are: (1) explore the reasons why (2) be open to learning and (3) if it is something you really want and just feel you were meant to do … then immediately recommit to trying again.

7.  It’s better to try, take chances, and not succeed than it is to just sit back and wonder what would have happened because you are afraid to fail.

8.  The only bad thing that can result from “failing” is if you lose the courage to try again.

9.  There’s no need to be embarrassed because every single person fails at something at some point in their life. You are not alone.

10.  Some of the best growth happens as a result of things going wrong. Go for what you want. You have nothing to lose and so many things to gain.

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What are some of the things you have learned from “failure”? Share your wisdom and your thoughts. Also, if you have any questions or think there is anything I can help you with, please feel free to send me an e-mail ( or leave a comment below. I always love hearing from readers.