Failure is a discovery


We were on the way to our new project’s site. Four people – me, my Project Manager, Department Head and our thorough experienced Consultant, were on job to evaluate the site on basic infrastructural standard of our company. Only our Consultant was aware of the location and route of the project site, so he explained us route and landmarks…. we started in two separate taxis. After driving few kilometers,  me and my Project Manager felt that we have already crossed the actual turn which goes to the site. Then we started inquiring local people and finally after spending almost 30 minutes we reached the site from a longer route which comes from the opposite direction from where we had started.

I saw my  Department Head and Consultant waiting for us. When they saw us coming from different route, our Consultant immediately said (just to tease) –  “You young guys, how you forget the road and wasted your time. You people failed to get the correct route?”

I simply replied – “Sir we have explored one more route to come to the office on very first day…isn’t it great!”

He was impressed and said – I liked your attitude, keep this alive.

This was a very small incident and my reply was spontaneous, I always try to practice such attitude – which is not so easy for me or anyone. Many time I get depressed if failure occurs and sometime give up,  but if you look into the life of successful people, you will find that they never gave up in case of failure, rather they used it as an experience and learning. Failure is a discovery of an event/action which didn’t work for the desired result but it adds an important experience/learning in your life.

Let’s learn this attitude from those great peoples’ statement about failures :


* I haven’t’failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that won’t work ~ Benjamin Franklin

* A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
 ~ John Burroughs

* Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas A. Edison

* Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.  ~ Napoleon Hill

* Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.John Wooden

* Remember that failure is an event, not a person. ~ Zig Ziglar

* Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. ~ Colin Powell

* Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.  H. Stanley Judd

* If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. ~ Zig Ziglar

* My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.  ~ Abraham Lincoln

* When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.  George Bernard Shaw

* A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.B. F. Skinner

* Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. ~ Thomas A. Edison

* There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.Tony Robbins

* Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.Henry Ward Beecher

* If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

* The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.Paramahansa Yogananda

* Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it. ~ Mia Hamm

* It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.Roger Babson

* Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.Soichiro Honda

* Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about  ~ Hildegard Knef

* There’s only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that’s if we quit.  Craig Breedlove

* Failure is only opportunity to more intelligently begin again. ~ Henry Ford

* Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.  ~ Henry Ford

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3 Responses to Failure is a discovery

  1. Anuj Bahl says:

    thanks. for sharing such beautiful topic.

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