Failure is a word that people hate to hear. If given the option, some we prefer to hear more about success, than failure. It is quite understandable, given the fact that failure is an orphan and success got loads of friends. What is not clear however, is the myth around this often stigmatized word.

What is failure?

It is the inability to achieve a set goal or target. It comes in different forms and shapes, depending on the standard the individual has set for himself. What an average individual may term a success, can be termed a colossal failure by someone who has raised his goals and expectations so high.

We learn from failure than we do from succeeding

This may sound very ambiguous, but when looked at deeply, it is very true. Most times in life, when we go through the wilderness of defeat, and bounce back to achieve a high level of success, the lesson learnt can never be easily forgotten. Secondly, we tend to become too complacent in life, when everything seems to be going on so smoothly.

Spain Learnt the hard way

Spain was an overwhelming favorite to lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa, after their amazing performance at EURO 2008. They had all the stars you can ever dream about. Gerard Pique, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, and David Villa were just a few. The team was full to the brim with talent. Unfortunately, in the opening game against underdogs Switzerland, they lost 0-1 and it was a massive shockwave.

That defeat brought the Spanish team back to life. They had learnt their lesson and so began their onslaught. They brushed aside Honduras, Chile, Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and Netherlands to lift the coveted trophy for the first time in their history.

Sometimes in life, certain setbacks can become the beginning of amazing things in our life. There are always positives in every negative situation we encounter in life. We must not give up at every slight setback. The man who fails and later succeeds has more interesting stories to share than the one who never tasted failure all his life. Our past failures can become a source of inspiration to those struggling to come to terms with similar experiences.

Classical example of Abraham Lincoln

Today, we are always reminded of how Abraham Lincoln experienced several setbacks before he eventually became the 16th President of the United States of America in 1860. The story is a classical example of resilience, determination and a never say never attitude. If he had given up at the first setback, the story would have been different. He kept going, even when it was logical to stop and give up. A man who failed elections eight times and still kept on going must have something special inside him.

Failure humbles an individual more than anything one can ever imagine in life. When an individual has attained a certain level of fortune in life and setback sets him back to ground level, it can be very devastating. Such an individual will maintain a low profile and start reaching out to old friends he had previously abandoned. That is how powerful failure can be. An amazing teacher that humbles the proud and mighty.