Did you know there are positives in failing? I didn’t realise this until I failed something quite important to me. I needed to pass, but God said no, it’s not time yet. You need to learn what it feels like to fail. We all go through times in our lives when we pass or fail various things in life. Whether it’s a job interview, an important test at school or some training you’re doing. I realise that failing is generally seen as a negative thing, but going through my failure has shown me there can be positives too. Sometimes failing can stop you from going down the wrong path and making the wrong choices. It can be such a great learning curve for us too.
Failing doesn’t always have to be so awful though. Yes, receiving the initial news that you failed can be heart breaking. But it’s not the end of the world. For todays post I wanted to share some wisdom in what I have learnt going through my failure. And share some of the important lessons that come with failing too.
FAILING TEACHES YOU PATIENCE
Anybody that knows me, know thats I have really low patience when it comes to alot of things. I want answers now, and i want to know what the outcome will be. So when I had to wait 3 weeks to find out if I passed or failed, I hated it. I am a firm believer in that there are lessons in everything in life. Sometimes the timing isn’t right just now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever pass. It just means you have some learning left to do. And thats what I’m learning. Just because I didn’t pass now, doesn’t mean I never will.
These are the things I have to keep reminding myself. That it’s okay to fail, and that you don’t have to pass and do well every single time. Some of the best inventors and philosophers in the world failed too, and still got to where they are now.
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THERE ARE LESSONS IN FAILURE
I am such a firm believer that there are lessons in every single situation in life. Whether you passed or failed, there will be something you learnt on that journey. For me, it’s not only teaching me patience, it’s also teaching me that I can’t control every aspect of my life. Once I had submitted my work, it was a long 3 week wait to find out the result. In that time, I could have been anxious and worried about the outcome. But I kept reminding myself that there was nothing more I could do. It was out of my hands. I had faith and wanted to pass of course, but knowing it was out of my hands helped me to accept the failure result easier.
The biggest lesson learnt was knowing that I can’t control everything. As much as I would have loved to of passed, it was a great reminder that the course of my life isn’t always in my hands. And honestly, I am glad it isn’t. I don’t want that responsibility.
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FAILING DOESN’T MEAN IT’S THE END
There are so many positives in failing, and a main one is that it doesn’t mean it’s over. Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t go on to do great things. It doesn’t mean that you won’t ever get that opportunity again either. Alot of the time we don’t know why these things happen. It could be something you did, or something completely out of your control. But it doesn’t mean its the end of the road.
So many times I have been rejected from work places or failed interviews. But I didn’t let it stop me from enjoying life and trying again. It can be discouraging yes, but it’s not the be all or end all of life. You will move on from it, bigger and better than you were before. Learn from the experience, so that next time you know how to do better.
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