Failure and Learning a Lesson From It.
It is not a failure until you give up! Unfortunately there are people who relapse over and over again. However, in the midst of these failures and disappointments they keep coming back. A drug addict or alcoholic is often judged for the relapses they experience. But if we think about these people and how he or she gets the courage to walk through the doors of recovery again, we really should praise them for their efforts. In addition, not only will the addict learn from being unsuccessful but the people who haven’t relapsed can learn from their mistakes.
So, let’s discuss some of the many famous people who have have tried something and their attitudes towards not succeeding. Henry Ford once said, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” So whether it’s recovery, an occupation, or just trying something new, if we can figure out what went wrong then we are more likely to succeed in the future. As Thomas Edison put it, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
In the words of Johnny Cash, “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” How true it is that failure allows for an opportunity for a person to grow. Moreover, people can pass on what they learned to others so they don’t make the same mistakes. Napoleon Hill says it this way, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
Celebrity Chris Hardwick focuses on failure in this sense, “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.”
A recent article discusses the use of technology to help addicts succeed. But no matter what the case may be trying anything to be successful is the name of the game. So remember do not ever give up and realize that, “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong