Learn From Failures

2 Posted by - April 22, 2013 - Radhanath Swami

It is a material principle that failure is a pillar of success. This can similarly be applied to our spiritual lives.

One very famous orator has said that success is going from failure to failure to failure, without losing one’s enthusiasm. We really never fail until we give up trying—trying with determination and with enthusiasm.

Vision, real vision, is to see the invisible, to feel the intangible and to achieve the impossible. Challenges or failures can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks on the road to success. It is all a matter of how we look at it. You can see a glass as half empty; you can see the same glass as half full. One will bring you enthusiasm, one will bring you discouragement. We can apply that principle to every aspect of our life. But what is of real importance is that we know we are doing the right thing.

We learn from our mistakes. A mistake is only a mistake if we fail to learn from it. Real leaders make many, many mistakes, but they do not repeat them. They learn from them, they remain enthusiastic; they remain determined for the goal. Actual champions are always focused on their goals in every situation. They make goals, and losers make excuses. Our life is what we make of it.

Failures build our character. Pressure is something that only comes to one who earns it. We should respect pressures as an honour. We cannot be successful unless we have the courage to fail. And every failure contains the seed of success. When we learn from our mistakes, when we learn from our failures, we become stronger, we have greater integrity.