Our education system is so great that it teaches so much to learn in life – Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and much more but it fails us to teach the most important lesson in life – Handling Failure. It itself is a subject on its own. Failure to handle failure leads to devastating results – giving up / ending life.
It’s completely fine to fail, failure must not stop one marching towards the desired destination. Failures could reap greater success:
- Colonel Sanders recipe was rejected 1009 times before it became KFC
- Walt Disney was fired for lack of imagination
- J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers
- Charlie Chaplin was rejected by Hollywood Studios
- Beethoven was referred as a ‘hopeless composer’ by his teacher
- Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam failed to become an air pilot
- Amitabh Bachchan was rejected by All India Radio
The list might go on and on, maybe we could find one next to our place, but the principle all these stories utter is same – Failure could be a detour or a stepping stone but certainly not an end by itself.
The need to learn failure starts from the time we are born. Generous parents get us all we want and not just what we require, Parents do not teach the value of not getting something and living with it. As education begins, teachers and parents wants us to be a topper and do not teach that what matters in life is not education but knowledge. After all the best lessons in life is when we lose and fight for it.
As a kid, we never stopped trying till we made sure we turned upside down, then on our kneels and then on our feet. As we grow, as our brain grows, we learn to quit. Most of the time we quit without knowing that the next step would have reaped in success. We must believe in ourself and keep trying at what we wanted. Failure is part of life, a phase in a process, a stop in a journey but never an end.
Teach ‘Failure’ to let ‘failure’ teach the lesson of life.