5 Takeaways To Keep From The Biggest Failures In Your Life

Everyone fails in life. At one point or another, you’re going to suffer through failure. If you haven’t already experienced some monumental failures, then you’ll just wait and see. The problem? Most people associate failure with complete defeat. But through those failures, we learn some important lessons.

When we fail, we learn. We grow and mature while achieving new understandings and perspectives on life, love, business, money, relationships and people. We’re forced to make new connections, bridging gaps where we hadn’t connected the dots before. Failure is also a part of the genetic makeup of life. Our DNA is the result of endless failures. With each iteration, our genetic fiber has used those failures to evolve. It’s part of natural selection and the grand design of things here on earth.

However, if you’re going through failure right now, you might not find its utility at this moment. We know that wading through failure hurts. In fact, the pain can run so deep that at times you may begin to question your very existence. However, there’s most certainly light at the end of the tunnel.

Here are the 5 takeaways to keep from the biggest failures in your life:

1. Failure Gives The Best Experience

The first and most important lesson gained from failure is an experience. What happens when we fail? When we go through something and can walk away with firsthand experience, it helps us to develop a deeper understanding of life. The experience of failing at something is truly invaluable. It completely alters our frame-of-mind through the induction of pain. It makes us reflect on the real nature of things and their importance in our lives, transforming and improving our future-selves.

2. It Helps To Redefine Your Priorities In Life

Failure will either make you or it will break you. But it can’t make you until it breaks you. That’s the tricky part. No one has experienced a wild sense of success without first failing in a major way. While some have had to endure only a few failures before success, others have endured thousands.

But when you fail, something strange happens. You begin to redefine the priorities in life. You reorder the things that matter to you. You look inwards, forcing an inventory of your hopes and your dreams. It is at this time that you come to realize the things that matter the most to you.

For most, this redefinition of priorities is a crucial step for overcoming failure. You shuffle things around to make room for what’s important. If success is as important to you as you think, then you begin to make the necessary adjustments to make success your number one priority.

3. Failure Boosts Confidence

When we work through failure in order to succeed, we realize that we have the ability to overcome challenges. That realization builds a sense of confidence that helps us persevere and accomplish what we set out to do and to take on future challenges more easily. Another great thing about failure is that it seems like the most troubling thing at the time. However, once you overcome failure, you become more confident in your ability to get past hardships.

4. You Learn Who Your True Friends Really Are

Failure acts as a “friend filter,” so to speak. When you’re succeeding, everyone wants to be around you. But when you fail, most of those so-called friends disappear.  At the time, it feels painful and it may feel as if everyone is betraying you. However, true friends love you for who you are, not how successful you are.

A true friend doesn’t care about how much money you have in the bank or the kinds of things that you’ve accomplished. The friends who really care about you will stick around. They’ll inspire and motivate you. They will be there to uplift you rather than to pull you down. They say positive things without focusing on the negatives. True friends will be there for you no matter what!

5. Failure Makes Us Grateful

If we could easily achieve everything we put our minds to, our achievements and successes would become commonplace and meaningless. When we have to work hard to get what we want, we gain a deeper appreciation for our achievements. As I love to say, if it it’s not difficult, is it really worth having?


Failure in particular is one experience we desperately try to avoid. Although our accomplishments drive us toward success, failure can be highly instrumental in our ability to succeed. In this post, I shared with you the 5 takeaways to keep from the biggest failures in your life.

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