How to Capitalize on Failure

All of us have failed at one point in time in our life. When we fail, most of us feel like the world has come to an end. The truth is, however, that failure is usually the beginning of new and exciting opportunities that await us.

Failure is never permanent. Whenever we fail at something we can choose to learn and grow from the experience, which will help shape and develop our character. I have included a list of examples of my own personal 'failures' (which are really just temporary defeats), and how they have worked out in my benefit:
  1. Dropping out of School: I left school before finishing due to a number of reasons at the end of year 11 (whilst having completed two Year 12 subjects). While this might seem like a failure, I have gone on to learn many skills and had different experiences I would not have been able to comprehend had I not left school.
  2. Education: I currently have a Cert II in Building, a Cert IV and Diploma of Human Resources, and Advanced Diploma of Business Management and am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship). One thing I have learned through education is that you don't really get taught anything, but rather you learn how to manage yourself and your priorities and much more. Education comes from the latin word 'educo' meaning to 'educe' or 'draw out', and I think education has helped bring out both the best and worst in me over the years.
  3. Relationships: There is much happiness and heartbreak to be experienced in relationships. Some of the things I have learned from my failures in relationships is the importance of communication, trust, honesty and integrity. These character traits that you learn from dating are vital skills to deal with all people in life.
  4. Work: I have undertaken some jobs thinking they would be fantastic only to find out that I hated them and would not want to continue in a career of that nature. I have been very blessed in learning this so early rather than spending half my career in an occupation I can't stand, as well as learning skills that can be transferred between careers and businesses irrespective of the particular type of employment.
My question is twofold:
  • What 'failures' have you experienced in your life, and what have you learned from them?
  • What opportunities have resulted from the knowledge you learned as a result of your failures?

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