Can Failure be useful?
Can you think of examples from your own life when it has led to something positive?
I got a fair amount of responses but there is one that I am really proud of. This sharing came from my son Gabriel.
When I was younger I failed in simple tasks; reading and speaking. I was always one step behind of the class and was not able to express my ideas or speak clearly without pausing, miss pronounced words. Several people would comment or ask me why I had such a weird voice? Some people thought that I had some type of a mental disability.
After years of continuous hard work, a lot of effort, and the support of my parents and teachers, my vocabulary and reading skills are at my normal age/grade level. One of my favorite things to do is creative writing and I have also earned the right to be part of the Honor Club at my school.
Now I have noticed, these failures and set backs I experienced were all very important and necessary for my success. They increased my will power and have gotten me to where I am today.
Thanks to my failures, I have succeeded.
Gabriel Fraga-Abaza – 14 years old.
Why I shared this with you?
We all have some type of weakness, defects or shortcoming. I call them circumstances.
The dictionary defines CIRCUMSTANCE an event or fact that causes or helps to cause something to happen, typically something undesirable.
“Typically something undesirable” I disagree. I see a circumstance as an event that could be used as an opportunity.
The important point is to understand where you end up in your life has less to do with your circumstances than with where you decide to go in spite of your circumstances.
At home all of my 3 kids understand this concept, they know that the results of their failures or successes are determined not by a circumstance but by their attitude.
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” ― Bruce Lee