How Do You Define A Failure?

Do you define failure as the lack of success?

If yes, then you need to rethink.

You don’t fail when you don’t achieve success. You fail when you refuse to bounce back after hitting the bottom. You fail when you don’t try harder. You fail when you refuse to succeed.

As a matter of fact, one cannot escape failures. No one is born immune to failure. Even if you are good in your field or mastered it, there is no assurance that you will always succeed. There are times when you simply don’t make it to the point. There are times when you fail.

There are times when you don’t succeed and no matter how you look at it or how hard you try; it makes you disappointed. It makes you bitter from inside. That defeat is surely hard to endure. It might crush you to the extent that you feel you have hit rock bottom and you’ll not be able to come back.

But remember, you can always bounce back!

No amount of hate can help you get back up. But knowing that you can always try harder once again might help.

Failure is a part of life and we all have to go through some failures to achieve success one day.

Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford company said, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

And if you don’t believe this fact, we have a history full of successful people who failed over and again to find their way. 

8 Successful Failures Reminding You To Bounce Back

He served as the 16th President of the United States.

He has been rated at the top in the majority of the presidential ranking polls conducted in the US since 1948.

He was awarded Padma Vibhushan by Government of India in 2015.

He was awarded France’s highest civilian honor, the Knight of the Legion of Honor by French Government in 2007.

He is ranked 8th among the wealthiest British Billionaires.

He is listed under ‘100 Greatest Britons’ on BBC voted by the public.

He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics for his contribution in theoretical physics and discovery of the law of photoelectric effect.

He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

He is the 4th highest scoring NBA (National Basketball Association) player by total career regular season points scored.

He won the Olympic Gold Medal twice. A bronze statue of him is located in the United Center, Chicago. 

The Oprah Winfrey talk show created and presented by her remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history.

She is considered the ‘Queen of All Media’. She is also North America’s first black multi-billionaire.

She is the 9th best-selling fiction author of all time.

She was the world’s first billionaire author who lost her billionaire status after giving much of her earnings to charity. She’s also named as the ‘Most Influential Woman in Britain’ by leading magazine editors.

He is the co-founder of Apple Inc., widely recognized as the pioneer of 1970’s and 1980’s microcomputer revolution.

In 2003, he was inducted as a Disney Legend.

Adding to the list, there are some other brutal failures by successful entrepreneurs including Bill Gates and Arianna Huffington too.

What We Need To Learn From These Successful Failures? 

While the list covers some famous personalities with diversified skills, all of them have this one thing in common.

And that is, the strength to bounce back!

They knew that have to use failure to their advantage and they knew how to do it.

They have struggled through depression, business failures, debts and doubts on their path in becoming the legends they are today!

So, when you are feeling doubtful and discouraged, remind yourself that they have failed too.

Failure is not permanent. You can always strive harder once again. You can always bounce back.

Steve Jobs has rightly said, “Sometimes Life Hits You On The Head With A Brick. Don’t Lose Faith.”

And if you do, then it is your real failure!

So just- Breathe. Believe. And Bounce Back.

Are YOU bouncing back today?