"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." ― J.K. Rowling
It is important we understand the fact that not everything we do or put our mind to will go according to plan. Sometimes, we give up without even trying because we have already conceived in our minds that we are bound to fail.
In simple terms, failure can be seen to be the inability to meet an expectation or absence of success. Failing is part of growth as long as you can always pick yourself up and try again or do better. It becomes an issue when you allow it weigh you down by dwelling on it to the point that you do not look for solutions but rather you give up.
If we do not make mistakes, how are we supposed to figure out the areas we are lacking in and improve on them?
Failure is important in life as it offers us experience. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on why certain issues turned out the way they did. It also offers growth as you learn from these experiences to do better. In addition, you gain resilience so that when you are faced with another situation that did not work out, you will handle it better as it is not something new to you.
Failure is essentially an opportunity for you to reflect, revisit your goals and grow. Understand that it is okay to fail and mess up at times. What is not okay is succumbing to the negativity and not trying again. Ignore the naysayers, you can fail a thousand times and rise up again. Be positive about circumstances and make the most out of it.
To conclude, here are a few quotes to hold onto concerning failure
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ― Thomas Edison
"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." ― Mia Hamm
"Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." ― Nelson Mandela
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." ― Beverly Sills
"We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." ― Arianna Huffington