Failure is defined as the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective. Every success story is replete with instances of failure. It is on the lessons of failure that you receive success. To fail is to have tried. But it is not always easy to fight back a failure as at times failures can be extremely debilitating. In 42 years of career, I have been an entrepreneur for 24 years. What I am today is the sum total of my failures & successes in life. I have gone through extreme upheavals, both personal & professional, but have always fought back successfully. I was a sailor by education & profession and got into executive search with no relevant background or experience,yet built up a very successful business. It wasn’t always easy though, but I can say proudly that I never ever came close to giving up.
Here are some tips how you can do it too. I call it getting “tuned to success”
Years ago, I read a quote which left a very deep impact on me, which is always displayed prominently in my room “Defeat is not when you fall down…it is when you refuse to get up after falling”. This redefined the very concept of failing. Failure for me then was not about non-achievement, but about not attempting back, wiser & stronger with the experience.
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough”. – Oprah Winfrey.
Can anyone underscore the power of positive thinking? Everything that happens to us has a positive side to it; we just fail to look at it. Many a times, I realised the positive aspect of my failures in hindsight. Hence, it’s important to look at failures positively, as learning and experience. To retain positivity in times of failure, focus on what you have rather than what you don’t. Focus on your strengths, because that’s something you have and not on your weaknesses. It’s also extremely important to associate with the right people. In times of failure, one needs encouragement, not sympathy. Seek help or advice if needed, but choose your mentor wisely, someone who has the experience & wisdom, preferably someone who has actually been an achiever.