• Jordan Lewis

7 reasons why failure is the best thing that can happen to you

For most, failure is devastating - what if I told you that it is actually one of the best things that could happen to you?

The power of failure

Everyone fails at some point in their life, whether you're a student, a business owner, or even an employee. Life is full of surprises and challenges for you to overcome, and most of the time, you will fail. Contrary to popular belief, this is okay. Most people live their lives terrified of failure, paralyzed by the potential of being wrong. In reality, the most successful people on the planet are those that recognize the power behind failing and are those that have failed countless times.

In fact, the biggest difference between those who are successful and those who not is that they fail over and over again. However, instead of letting this dishearten and demotivate them from doing the work, they see this as a challenge they must overcome. This mindset leads to them not only working to overcome the challenges life throws at them, but actually being even more energised every time they do fail.

There are many amazing reasons why failure is one of the best things that can happen to you, and through my journey as a student, and now as an entrepreneur, I have experienced all of these in one way or another. As you're reading this article, I'm sure you'll grow to realise that you too experience a lot of these on a daily basis.

Learn from it

The first and biggest way that failure is the best thing that could happen to you is that it is always an opportunity to learn. There will be various reasons why you failed, reasons that you can take the time to work out, document and learn from. This is the perfect lesson in what not to do, which in most cases, is more powerful than lessons in what to do.

Grow from it

Failure and challenge usually means pain or stress. Remember: diamonds are formed under pressure. This may hurt in the short term, but in the long term, you will learn many valuable lessons about yourself and those around you, as well as developing a set of skills and mindset needed to overcome this failure.

Prepare for next time

As I mentioned above, you will learn new skills and develop a mindset ready to overcome this failure. Furthermore, because you know the reasons for your failure, you can prepare for the future so you can avoid this same shortcoming the next time you're in this position, or simply prepare yourself for the next time you fail in general. As you go through your journey of life, you will find that the next failure will become easier to handle and overcome than the last.

New opportunities

Failure can sting, and can also be the end of many seemingly fantastic opportunities. However, through failing, more doors can open. Many of my best and most beneficial opportunities have come about after a big failure. Opportunities like these will come and go on a daily basis, so just bear in mind that just because one has shut from failure, there are many, many more just around the corner.

Become resilient

The more failure you endure, the harder you will become. If you experience failure on a regular basis, you will become used to it. This will make you more resilient, more likely to push through and keep going strong when times are tough. Even when you do become successful, you'll maintain this resilience if you do find yourself in the same position ever again.

A step closer to success

Every time you fail, you eliminate one of the wrong choices. There are a thousand different choices you could make, and you only need one right one to become successful. See each failure as the elimination of one of these wrong options, as one step closer to finding the right decision, and it becomes an incredibly powerful tool you can use for motivation during tough times.

Every successful person has failed

Every successful person on the planet has failed. Every. Single. One. In fact, a strong sign that someone will be successful is that they have failed much more than the average person and carried on down their path. If you're in this position now, remember that Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Elon Musk were all once facing similar challenges to you.

As you can see, failure is not the end, it should not sap energy from you, but in fact, give it. Failure is one of the best learning and growth opportunities life gives us. If you can begin to see your own failures in this way, you will become unstoppable in whatever you choose to do.