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What Are Life’s Greatest Lessons? Could It Be Our Failures Teach Us More Than Our Successes?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 19, 2007

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WHAT ARE LIFE’S GREATEST LESSONS? — by Catherine Morgan

When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves” — Katherine Mansfield

What I think this quote is saying, is that the importance of failures in our lives, will only be revealed to us, once we stop looking at them as failures. What we learn from our so-called “failures”, are usually the greatest lessons in our lives, and we need to open our eyes so we can see that.

It may even be that life lessons learned through what we perceive as our failures, are greater lessons than what we learn from our successes. Most success comes from letting go of our fear of failure, and being willing to take some risks. People who are successful in their lives, are not people who have never failed. They are people who have learned from their mistakes, and pushed ahead past their fears, to get to their successes.

I think the greatest “life lesson” we can ever learn, is the lesson that we should never give up on our dreams. By reaching for our dreams and our goals in life, we are doing what we were meant to do. When we follow our dreams, we will inevitably make many mistakes along the way, but hopefully we also grow along the way. It is truly the path to your dream that is most important, not whether you actually reach your dream. That is why the true “failure” is not when you don’t reach your dream, but it’s when you never even try to reach for it.

I’m not sure where I heard this….but it goes something like this — It is through your deepest struggles, that you reach for you highest goals. I think what that means, is when we are at our lowest, at what we perceive to be “rock-bottom”, there is no where else for us to go but up. It is at these times of complete hopelessness, that we consciously choose to either give-up, or to push past our pain and reach for our dreams.

We need to try and remember this, so when we are deep in our own despair over a perceived failure, we can recognize our pain, and see it as an opportunity to reach for our dreams.

Also see: FINDING EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ADVERSITY

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5 Responses to “What Are Life’s Greatest Lessons? Could It Be Our Failures Teach Us More Than Our Successes?”

  1. augustrose said

    I have found that the failures I have faced caused a person I didn’t know existed to rise up within me. The real me, the inner strength that has the gumption to move a mountain even if I have to use a shovel to do it. The good news is “that person” exists in everyone who will dig for it.

    Good post!

  2. “Augustrose” — You are so right. I think until something happens that we actually have to triumph over….we don’t realize how strong we are, so we have more fears. But, the more we fail, the less afraid we become of failure, and the more likely we are to push past our fears….and reach out for our dreams.

    Thank you for your comment.

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