The Secrets to Dealing with Failure and Learning from Success and Failure

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

Failure makes you strong. Yes, it does. But the choice lies with us. We can either treat failure as a stumbling rock and refuse to get up once we fall. Or we may treat failure as a stepping stone and use it to move on and get ahead in life. Dealing with failure in a positive and motivating manner as well as learning from success and failure, is a part of life. All we need to do is gracefully accept our situation and learn from it, not yearn for something better instead.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill

Dealing with failure is a part of life, keep going

Dealing with failure is a part of life, keep going
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
– Henry Ford

Dealing with failure is a part of life, more importantly; it is a part of our growing experience. All we need to do is accept it with dignity and grace. Failure is not the end of the world. It is in fact the beginning of a new chapter of your life. Every finish line is the beginning of the next. So whether you win or lose, it doesn’t matter. What is important is to never give up. Don’t quit the race. You never know what lies in store for you ahead. So keep going, accept every situation of life as it is, and transform it in your favor.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
– Napoleon Hill

Dealing with failure involves changing your attitude

Dealing with failure involves changing your attitude
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
– Richard Branson

Attitude is everything. How you feel about something, is how you will react to it. Hence if you see failure as a negative thing, it will be very difficult for you to deal with failure in a positive manner. Hence, change your mindset. Adopt a healthier outlook towards everything in life, be it success or failure. Be it yours or others. Neither of it is a good or bad thing in itself. Everything is a matter of perspective. Learning from success and failure is what keeps us growing. There is something to learn from everything. Hence have a learning outlook towards life. This outlook will help you to change your attitude, which will help you in dealing with failure in a much more productive manner.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas A. Edison

Dealing with failure teaches you important life lessons

Dealing with failure teaches you important life lessons
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”
– Eloise Ristad

The most important life lesson that dealing with failure teaches you is that you are not alone. You are not the first human being on this planet to have faced failure in life. So take it easy. Many successful people started off on a very rough note. Names like J K Rowling, Steve Jobs, Amitabh Bachchan, and even Bill Gates had a very difficult start. Imagine if they had given up after their failure or rejection at the beginning itself, would they have reached where they have today? Not just these famous people, there are many out there who have faced difficulties along the way. However, they did not stop until they achieved their goal.

Is hard work necessary for success? No. What is required is the spirit of never giving up on your dreams and striving to achieve it, no matter what. In fact, all important life lessons are learned during this journey, not just before or after. Hence learning from success and failure are equally important. There is a lesson of growth hidden in every little thing we experience in life. All we need to do is be aware and mindful of them. Use them to our advantage. And keep going forward in life. Nothing good can come by looking back and just staying stuck there.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
– Muhammad Ali

Dealing with failure will transform you as a person

Dealing with failure will transform you as a person
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford

Life is a series of learnings. Hence if you take every failure as a setback you will never learn. Dealing with failure means understanding how to translate your failure into success. You now know very well what worked and what didn’t work for you in achieving your goal the first time. Hence you can rectify your mistakes and change the outcome this time. Sometimes, it is far more important to know what not to do in order to ascertain what is it that we have to do. Hence, dealing with failure teaches us this important lesson.

Dealing with failure will also transform you as a person. From someone who would get easily discouraged, discontented, and dissatisfied, it will turn you into an inspiring, motivating, and courageous person. It is not what you are, but who you are that really matters. Don’t just chase temporary titles. Choose to transform as a person. It will change how you experience life.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan

Dealing with failure is an inevitable part of life

Dealing with failure is an inevitable part of life
“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
– Buddha

Success and failure go hand in hand. Learning from success and failure teaches us how to face life and all its challenges. Don’t let success get to your head and don’t let failure get to your heart. You don’t have to take failure in any area of your life so personally. There could be multiple reasons why something could go wrong. There are infinite possibilities operating in the Universe. We may not be aware of each and every one of them. And that is completely alright. The only thing that is in our hands is to give our 100% to any task that we undertake. Only the effort in our hands, the results or the outcome of it is not. Hence why not just focus on what we ought to do and leave the rest in the hands of the Universe.

Dealing with failure is indeed an inevitable part of life. Besides, you don’t have to do it all alone. There is always help available and you can seek a passion and career coaching session and let a professional assist you in coping and dealing with failure. No matter what area of your life you are working on, sometimes we have to accept that we can’t do it all by ourselves. Taking help and reaching out for support is the strongest trait you can display. Only the weak quit, the strong ones keep going until they achieve their goal, one way or another.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Oliver Goldsmith

About the author -

Aman is an avid spiritual seeker, the founder and former CEO of (a global platform for wellness via spirituality), and a passionate Happiness and Success Coach. He guides people on how to imbibe the deeper spiritual truths in their daily life and has clients across the globe.


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