Friday, August 26, 2011


Failure is inevitable if we are to succeed in life. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to

overcome failure, and they are stopped by it when they encounter one. The ability to overcome

failure is one big difference between successful and mediocre people. After all, we should pass

failure on the way to success, so it is the ability to pass it that makes the difference between those

who eventually reach success and those who don’t.

So, knowing that overcoming failure is essential, what should we do? Here are some tips to help

you overcome failure:

1. Rise up and don’t regret; you have spent your time wisely

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent

doing nothing”.--George Bernard Shaw

When we fail, we might be tempted to think that we have wasted our time and thus regret it. But

that’s should not be the case. The fact that you have done something is much better than doing

nothing. Many people who despise persons who fail never do anything themselves. Rise up and

move on. The regret lies not in doing, but in not doing.

2. Understand that failure is there to bring you wisdom

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure”.--William Saroyan

Failure is there not without a reason. It’s there to give you the wisdom you need to succeed. Each

failure you encounter increases your wisdom and brings you one step closer to success. If you

have this mindset, you will see failure differently. You will see each failure as an opportunity to


3. Learn as much as possible from the failure

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”.--Albert Einstein

While failure brings you wisdom, how much wisdom you will get depends entirely on your

ability to harvest it. So don’t waste the opportunity to learn; harvest wisdom as much as possible

from the failure. If you fail to do this, you may waste a lot of time by repeating the same

mistakes in the future.

4. Don’t give up; maybe you are only one step away from success

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when

they gave up”.--Thomas A. Edison

The thought of giving up is tempting, especially when we have failed over and over again. But

who knows that maybe you are only one step away from success? Will you waste the long

journey you have passed when you are already so close to your destination?

So hold on tight and don’t give up. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times to perfect the light

bulb. He knew what it means not to give up.

5. Maintain your enthusiasm

Not only you should keep on trying, you should also do it with the same level of enthusiasm as

when you first began. Otherwise your subsequent effort will have less and less power.

So how do you maintain enthusiasm? One good way is by realizing that you are now one step

closer to success thanks to the lessons you learn. There’s no reason not to be enthusiastic when

you are getting closer to success. Another way is to keep your mind on the destination, which

brings us to the next point.

6. Keep dreaming big dreams

Always have your destination in mind; keep dreaming your big dreams. Spend time to visualize

them and let the dreams energize you. Let them make you passionate and enthusiastic. Once you

cease dreaming, soon you will also lose your energy and be back to mediocrity. To overcome all

the obstacles you encounter you always need a greater why, and that why is provided by your


7. Keep your confidence in yourself

“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can

make it so”.--Belva Davis

Keep your confidence in yourself despite the failure. Of course, you need to put a lot of effort

and learn as much as possible from the failure, but you have the ability to make your dream

come true. Many people who achieve great undertakings have no special trait. They are just

ordinary people with extraordinary attitude. Let’s be one of them.

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