3 Crucial Lessons To Learn When You Feel Like A Failure

Experiencing a major failure is one of the worst things in life. It fills you with negative emotions and leaves you feeling worthless. This is why most people will do anything within their power to avoid failure, even if this means never attempting anything new. Despite the negative energy it comes with, failure has its positive side. Experiencing failure can teach you lessons that you wouldn’t have learned.

Actually, some of the most successful people in the world were only able to attain success because of the lessons they learned from their previous failures.

Have you experienced a major failure recently? Here are 3 important lessons that you can learn from failure.

Failure Teaches You That Success Is Never Guaranteed

When trying something new, whether that is starting a business, applying for your dream job, or even creating a blog, everyone wants to achieve success. Unfortunately, this desire for success can sometimes be limiting.

George Wachiuri is undoubtedly one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Kenya. The founder of Optiven Limited started his company 18 years ago with savings from his previous jobs. When he first got into real estate, his focus was on providing value added plots to Kenyans. However, it wasn’t easy at first. The first plot he bought worth Ksh. 5 Million ended up being a con and he lost all his savings. Things were not looking great. The huge loss took the company through a great depression and Mr. Wachiuri started applying for jobs in order to make ends meet. He got a job as a lecturer at a local University but his income still wasn’t enough to meet his needs.

Biggest lesson he learned was to never give up no matter what challenges you face.

Failure is not final

It often feels like the world has come to an end. You feel like you don’t have it in you to achieve your dreams or anything worthwhile for that matter. It’s part of the process, nothing comes easy.

When you think of success, you think Tabitha Karanja. However, the Founder of Keroche Breweries has had to encounter so many challenges that could have completely set her back. Being a woman in a male dominated industry and getting into a business that was already monopolized, her resilience pushed through to make her one of the top entrepreneurs in Africa.
She faced a smear campaign against her drinks that claimed her drinks were toxic. She also had to fight a court battle on tax where she was asked to pay Ksh. 1.2 Billion in 14 days but she fought the case and won. At some point, Keroche Breweries billboards were pulled down upon charges of unethical trade practice; and these are just a few obstacles she faced.

Take risks and walk the path that everyone avoids.

Failure teaches you to embrace change

When you go through failure, this is basically the universe telling you that there is something you’re not doing right.  For instance, if you fail in college, this failure could be telling you that you didn’t pay enough attention to your studies. Similarly, if your business fails, the failure could be telling you that there are some business factors you did not put into consideration.

The late Chris Kirubi, experienced a lot of challenges and failures while building his business empire.

One of his notable failures was when he tried to venture into the painting industry. Chris thought that as long as he produced quality paint, his product would sell. At the time, the paint industry was dominated by a few individuals who were also the major distributors and contractors. They were threatened by Kirubi’s new product and in order to stifle his product, no big contractor would buy his paint and there was no one willing to stock his product. The few who took his paint took it on credit with the promise to pay back but they never really paid him. After some time, Kirubi went into huge debt and he was forced to shut down the company.

But this did not stop him from trying out other business ventures and learning from his failures.

Know when to move on when something isn’t working but keep your dream intact.

Final take

You’ll never be successful if you are unwilling to take risks. Have an open mind, push for the results you want to see and accept that at times, you will fail. However, do not allow your initial failures to define your journey. More so, a failure may be the motivation you need to move forward.       

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