Is failure always a bad thing?

We are told again and again that “failure is inevitable”, “Failure is the worst thing”. If you have not yet achieved what society classifies as success you are there for a failure.

To understand why we fear failing so much, we first need to know what is seen as failure. For instance are you labelled a failure after failing many times or does it only take one? If you’re successful at one thing does that mean you should be success in all your endeavours and if not are you a failure? Who is setting the grades in life for what makes you a winner or a failure?


If we Google failure, it is defined as a lack of success. If that is the case then Thomas Edison who is known to everyone as the inventor of the light bulb was a big failure. However Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”. Edison went on to hold more than 1,000 patents. This beautifully illustrates show we should view failure. It is something we have to endure on the way to success. We should not seek to avoid failure but rather accept it as a part of life and move on to our next attempt until we get to our goal. We need to learn from each failure and make sure we apply the lessons learned otherwise we would be forever repeating the same mistakes.

As Albert Einstein said:

Life is for the living, we can’t spend it in fear of what could go wrong. Many of the world’s finest minds have learned failure is what can happen when you take a chance at something. Below are quotes from famous people who made a choice that a chance at success outweighs the risk of failure.

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

Ken Robinson

Giving up is the only sure way to fail.

Gena Showalter