“It’s through failure that we learn the greatest lessons that life could teach us.”

Taking risks and falling down flat on our faces is what makes us who we are.

Like everybody else, I have failed many a time in life. I have faced the kind of failures that have completely changed the landscape of my life. Often my failures have led me into an abysmal pit of depression.

Usually, when we think about failure, we think of things in a negative light. Because of the perspective that the society has of failure, we are all religiously taught in school, by the elders in our families, or at work to feel guilty about our failures. We are judged by our mistakes and that is exactly why our entire lives are spent in our comfort zones, taking no risks, only so that we can prevent mistakes.

Nobody enjoys failure. Yet, today I will say this - failure is an absolute necessity because our failures serve as guideposts in our growth and learning.

It’s amazing how much we can glean from our mistakes. Every mistake you commit is actually a blessing in disguise because mistakes teach you to know clearly what you really want from your life. Rather than putting yourself down because of a shortcoming, you should take a reality check from your mistakes, and get a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. Mistakes act as a signal that alerts you when your commitments and your actions are out of alignment. They take you straight to the heart of your fears and inhibitions and make you face them.

Your mistakes also help you to accept your flawed self. They teach you to take responsibility and own up to your shortcomings instead of blaming things on others. It is quite normal to try to evade or cover up your mistake. But by owning up to your limitations, you can cultivate honesty and grow to be a way better person. Once you learn to embrace your flaws, you increase your capacity to change for the better.

Always remember that you are more than your mistakes. Your failures stand as evidence that you are growing and risking on your way to the moon and the stars.

So learn to go easy on yourself. So stop obsessing about the past and instead learn to laugh at your own mistakes. Shut out people equate and judge you by the failures in your life. The sooner you realize the importance of failure, the easier it becomes for you to use your failures as stepping stones to reach your desired destination. Nothing can replace the knowledge gained from failure. So keep the lesson and use it as leverage in your life.

Understand that it’s okay to fail. But it’s not okay to give up. 

So next time you feel weighed down by your mistakes, think about all the knowledge and insights that come along with it and open your heart to experience the joy of failure. On a more philanthropic note, remember that your mistakes can inspire those around you.

How did you overcome your failures? Meet me for a candid rendezvous and inspire others you’re your story.

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