The greatest achievements in life are the ones that are most difficult to overcome. The challenges that require you to give it you’re all, and leave everything out there. In life failure has a negative connotation, but what most people don’t know, is that defeats are actually the steppingstones that lead us to success. Many of us try to evade failure but in fact, ‘’we learn from failure, not from success.’’ On a day-to-day basis many lessons have been learnt through failure. Nobody succeeds on the first try, we take our mistakes and we learn from them. Mistakes are the things that help us strive for greatness, which is why failure should not be viewed as something negative, but more as something we can use to attain we want in life.
Failure is something that reaches all horizons. Weather you’re an athlete, an innovator or just a normal person. All of us at one point or another have been faced with difficulties. Even josh Hamilton, the 1998 first overall pick. Most of you know josh Hamilton as a five-time MLB all-star, but what most of you don’t know is that josh Hamilton has also been forced to overcome his failures to get to where he is today. Spending your 4 million dollar signing bonus on drugs and alcohol is clearly a failure. Although Josh did get drafted to the MLB, he was forced to stay in the minor leagues until he got his addictions under control. He realized that if he wanted to succeed in the MLB, he would have to learn from his failures and overcome his addictions. After several stints in rehab, Josh finally succeeded in sticking with sobriety. Nowadays Josh Hamilton is recognized as a model for recovery in sports and reminds us all how important it is learn from our errors in life.
I’m sure all of you all have heard about the company Microsoft created by bill gates and Paul Allen, but Before Microsoft, gates and Allen were the founders of Traf-o-Data, a massively unsuccessful company in the field of technology. But this failure Cleary didn’t stop them from trying again. Allen even has a quote stating why this failure helped them succeed. To quote Allen, “Even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later.” This proves a point that even bill gates failed at his first attempt and took into consideration all he’s leant from his failure to create something bigger and better. If bill gates and Paul Allen hadn’t learnt from they’re prior failure, they wouldn’t have succeed in created one of the most successful companies of all time.
Thomas Edison was the inventor of the light bulb. Without Edison’s continuous effort to create a technological innovation, we wouldn’t have the ability to harness light. Edison may have created the light bulb, but it didn’t come without hard work. He failed over a thousand times. To quote Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” To explain what Thomas Edison said, he does not look at these failures as something negative, he treated them as a way of learning what not to do in the future. So basically his thousands of failures were the main contributors to his success.
Today I think we all learned a very valuable lesson. That fact is nobody likes failing but there are things that can be learned through failure. Sometimes the only way to succeed is through failure. Which is why we can’t just give up after we fail the first attempt, we have to take what we learned and use them to achieve our goals. Success is great but it would be impossible without failure, which is why we learn from failure, not from success.