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How to take failure as a challenge and convert it to success

How to take failure as a challenge and convert it to success

May, 24th 18

 ‘’Put in the hard work and the success is yours,’’ the most commonly received advice on attaining success in life. But today, we wonder if it is true, if it’s safe to follow the advice with all our vigor and bet it’ll take us straight to achieving our goals with ease. This advice might have worked for a few generations but looking at the amount of change and development happening around us today, it is safe to say that hard work alone can no longer guarantee success. There are several other factors involved and gone are the days where ‘hard work’ was the defining factor.


The term ‘Success’ is perceived and defined by everyone differently, yet they are all right for their own reasons. We measure success in various forms and it doesn’t necessarily mean that two people must share a common view on success. There are no common definitions or meaning to it and that’s what makes success so special.


Sure, it is not possible to find one full proof formula to success. But it is always possible to observe the patterns and get lessons from various success stories around us. So what are the reasons behind such failures or stagnant lives of people, let’s take a look.


Comfort zone:


"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone."  -- Michael John Bobak



One of the bitter truths about people who crave success, work hard for it but never get it is that they are too scared to give up their comforts. Living in a bubble and slogging won’t guarantee success in today’s rapidly growing world.


Lack of Resilience:


Many people move forward with only a vague understanding of difficulties that need to be faced on the road to success. Truthfully, there is always more to it. Different people face different obstacles on their path to success but the quality to overcome them remains the same; that is resilience.




We all know that failures are inevitable, but very few of us are capable of taking these failures positively; turning them into something useful. Hard work is a great asset but giving up easily steals its power. Goals, ambitions, dreams or whatever you like to call them, don’t mean a thing if you are programmed to give up on them easily when faced with failures.


Variations in Thinking:


Most of the success people are divergent thinkers. Monotonous thinking never bears fruits of success and it is essential to understand the power of being different. Thinking out of the box, standing out or even having a positive outlook on life and its ever-changing circumstances is a must.


Playing Victim:


"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."  -- Conrad Hilton


 Life is not a bed of roses and the path to success can be crooked. When faced with hurdles, we can either choose to jump over them to continue on our path or be crippled by the hurdle standing in front of us, play the victim and give up eventually. The choices we make during hard times show how desperately we want success.


Handling differences:


We might not share the same perspective on certain things with people around us. It is human nature. But criticizing one’s way of dealing with things just because it is different from yours and not contributing to it will only resist growth.


This is one of the most common scenarios in workplaces. If you determine success as climbing up the ladder and achieving career goals then it’s important to understand that collective growth, good understanding with coworkers and broad thinking are required to begin climbing up that ladder.


Following the masses:


Take charge, quit following the masses. Having a lack of self-esteem and conviction doesn’t mean one can borrow these qualities from others by blindly following them. If following a certain path that is commonly opted by many is not leading you to your ambitions or fulfilling your needs to attain success, quit. Change the pattern, take a different route and be brave enough to stick to it.

Smart Work:


"The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."-- John D. Rockefeller Jr.


 In order to achieve success, hard work is not just enough. A well-thought plan, strategy to combat obstacles and execution of the plan efficiently is required. This needs an individual to work smartly. Hard working people simply rely on their efforts for success, which often leaves them disappointed because the world we live in today has changed drastically. Old methods no longer give desired results.




Lastly, having a unique mindset and believing in yourself will surely take you places. Every successful person had something different to contribute to the world, if not too big, a tiny idea at least. A person stuck in the rat race working hard but not changing a thing about the way he is approaching his goals will never attain actual success.


Success comes with growth, with constantly contradicting your own assumptions and challenging the barriers built around your mindset. It comes with breaking down the walls and believing in rebuilding new ones with values stronger than before.


Ultimately, here’s a little pep talk from one of the greatest, most successful man in the history to conclude,


"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes."-- Thomas Edison




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