Failure is the new success. Never give up

Life, we all know, is very unpredictable and that is what makes it a very interesting experience.

No matter how successful you have been in life, there will come a time when fortune goes against you. You have rode your luck for long and you will be tested – and those who go through this test, according to me, have lived their life to the fullest.

It is true that one does not understand what failure is like, unless they go through the experience.

During the worst recession of our lifetime, people not only lost their jobs but also their home, savings of their lifetime and pride.  An uncertain future, a constant worry about their children, unable to pay mortgage has also taken few lives.

For those unaffected, businesses going bankrupt, stock market crashing, investors losing money made exciting news. But nobody spared a thought for a second, how it feels for someone to reach at that level, lose all the money in a single night and  how a single period of misfortune can devastate an individual and his family for the rest of their lives.

Many of them did not give up. They thought life should be given one more try. They will surely bounce back. They are fighting hard and I can only wish they come out of it and emerge stronger .

To bounce back from failure is not as easy as sharing few famous quotes on failures that you get to read on the internet.  This requires courage, a brave heart and the fire in your belly to bounce back  – and most times the recovery period takes years.

For many job seekers during recession who failed to secure one,  they have tried their luck in starting a new business, knowing very well about the uncertainties and the risks involved, and a little ray of hope of securing their family’s  future to be able to pay the bills, have later discovered that running a business is not for the faint heart. This has not stopped individuals with a fire in the belly though from keeping the spirit of entrepreneurship alive.

You also realize you have got no one to back you. You are on your own. You have to fight back on your own. Your friends do not recognize you. People you thought who could help you have no time for you. Life is cruel. You will learn someday.

Our education system has not taught us the most vital lesson in our life –  how to cope with failure. A false assumption people make is life is easy as reading a text book and passing an exam with high scores.  The real test is something you face later in life and it is not time bound (3 hours). It can last for many months or years.

However, with times, mindsets will change too.

It does not surprise me at all that majority of  people who run large businesses are complacent and do not know how to cope with downturn. The general approach is to pass on the blame and lay off people.

Businesses who stand out are the ones who create opportunities during downturn and rise above the competition.

Businesses will realize sooner or later. Degrees are just a piece of paper. What will help them succeed are people (their biggest assets) who are willing to fail and later bounce back in style.

Failure is the new success. If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived your life.

It is not those who succeed, but those who bounced back from failure who inspire me.

The most important trait one must have in life is to keep your chin up when nothing else works for you.

Life must move on.

Never give up

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