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.