Learning From Failure

β€œIt is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”-J.K. Rowling

Failure is a part of everyday life but it can be excruciating and painful depending upon the circumstances that surround it. We can be filled with anxiety and doubt and be left thinking about all of the things that should have happened in a different fashion.

After the raw emotion passes, we realize something incredible. Failure is the greatest gift of all and countless lessons can be drawn from it. We can think of ourselves before the failure as a person starved of a vital piece of information about how we operate. This piece of information is contained in a place that can only be accessed through considerable amounts of frustration and pain. After the failure, we are in a state where the pain and frustration have passed but the information that we can now take away from the situation is just sitting there waiting to be retrieved

This is where the real growth from the experience begins.

This information can teach us the mistakes we made, how to change ourselves for the better, and most importantly the depths from which we are able to recover. The most important aspect of turning failure into success is taking that information and learning to grow from the lessons it holds. 

Over the course of a year, two years, a decade, think of how many mistakes are going to be made and how many lessons can then be learned. It would be a unfortunate if this gift was not taken advantage of.