Failure is not Falling Down

In this age of cut-throat competition, everybody is racing towards success. However, it is not possible for everyone to succeed at once. There is competition almost everywhere. In every phase of life, in every sector of life, there is competition. Everybody wants to succeed. Nobody wants to fail. Still it is not possible that everyone will succeed. But in this race, people fail to understand the real meaning of success and failure.

Those who succeed don’t think need to understand what the real meaning of success is. They are too much satisfied to care about. On the contrary those who don’t succeed are also not aware what the exact meaning of failure is. They are too much depressed to care about. In this article, I’ll just write about the latter part and not the former. I’ll write another article for it.

In common parlance, failure means not achieving something that is desired. Examples of failure are, failing in exams, making losses in business, failing in job interviews, failing in scientific inventions, failing in love, failing to win sports tournaments, etc. These are the ‘so called’ examples of failure.

However this is not the real meaning of failure. According to a popular maxim, “Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up.” This maxim looks easy to read but again people fail to understand it properly. They don’t apply this in their own life when they fail to achieve something they desire. The point of failure is not that when you didn’t get success, i.e. you fell down. The point of failure is when you don’t get up again to achieve what you desire.

There is an example which all of us have experienced in our life. As an infant, nobody can walk. Babies just crawl and make their moves. But after a certain period of time, the same baby can walk fairly well. After some more period of time, the baby can walk perfectly. Does this change take place overnight? The answer is no. There are many instances when the baby in an attempt to stand on his own legs and walk, falls down. But he still manages to stand up again and again and after numerous attempts, he makes himself capable of walking.

This baby is none other than what we ourselves are. If suppose we didn’t get up after falling and didn’t try again and again, then I think, the scenario would have been like this – We all would have crawled instead of walking and running. This seems to be a very simple example, but this is the first success in everybody’s life.

We tend to forget that we didn’t have the attitude of quitting in our childhood. This results in many people quitting their own efforts that lead them towards the success. Failure is final when one decides to quit. In fact if it is your dream to achieve it, then you should not quit till your dream is fulfilled.

Swamy Vivekanand has also given the same message in one of his saying – Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is achieved. This thought also means the same that don’t stop after you fail. Don’t quit till you achieve your goal.

The great scientist Thomas Edison failed for almost 10000 times before inventing the electric bulb. But finally he succeeded after these many attempts. After so many attempts, his attitude was I have found 10000 ways of not inventing an electric bulb. This attitude of not quitting after failed attempts has led him to the success of inventing the electric bulb.

If we look at most successful people in life, everyone had to face to different failures before achieving the successful position in their life. When we look at the successful people, we just say that it their luck. But I would like to tell that luck favours the one who is prepared to achieve in all respects. So don’t just look at the luck of successful people. There are lot of other things that led them to their success.

I’d like to conclude that whenever in file you come across any failure, don’t get disappointed, don’t feel down. Just get up and get going. Success is waiting for you.

CA. Amol Gopal Kabra


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