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Why It's Okay to Fail

Failure looks different in each of our lives, but be it professionally or personally every single human being on earth is bound to fail at some point. Not only is it okay to fail, but it also presents the chance to deepen our understanding of self, find strength, overcome fears, and see the world from a new perspective. Below are a few of the many reasons why it’s more than okay to fail.

Failure Makes Us Stronger

One of the best reflection quotes comes from Fedrick Douglas who said that

“Without struggle, there can be no progress.”

Overcoming failure strengthens our mind and spirit, as we restart our lives after the loss of a relationship or the shift away from a “failed” career. Although starting from scratch is hard, it builds the belief in ourselves and shows us that we can overcome just about anything. We learn much more about ourselves when faced with failure versus success, and as we change our mindset and begin to see that defeat is a chance to grow, we feel surer of ourselves.

Pushes Us To Overcome Fear

Are you afraid of failure? Maybe you were so afraid of being alone that you stayed in a relationship that no longer served you, or your fear kept you in an unfulfilling career. Many see failure as the worst-case scenario, and that makes it impossible to take risks. In reality, you can fail even when you “play it safe”, so you may as well take a chance and bet on yourself. The worst thing we could do in life is let our fear keep us opportunities, and only through failure do we understand that without risk there can be no reward.

It Motivates Us To Find New Methods

Whether your business went under, you were fired, or your relationship ended, failure is painful. However, it forces you to reevaluate your way of doing things. Failure shows what doesn’t work, be it a mindset or business method, and the more we know about what isn’t successful the closer we are to finding what will be.

We See The World Differently

Once we see that failure is inevitable and that it happens to everyone, we begin to look at the world differently. In the beginning, you may feel pessimistic but as time goes on we learn that life is full of ebbs and flows. That even in the darkest times there is hope to be had because without failure we may never have made that career change or found that new relationship. In doing this we see the world in a new light, and we actually become more optimistic about the future. This view also allows us to be more empathetic to others, which can make us better parents, partners, and business people.

By facing failure head-on, and taking control of not only your thoughts but your future actions, we find stronger, bravery, creativity, and sympathy. It’s more than okay to fail, it’s actually an essential part of success, guiding us towards new possibilities in our lives.

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