Failures Are the Best Teachers


“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” — Denis Waitley

When we want to achieve something, we will not have success all the time but we should be ready to face some failure as well. It’s very uncertain that every time we try to achieve some of our goals, we’ll have success easily and achieve our goals without any difficulty or failures. Failures are the part of success, in fact they are the road-map to the way to success. It’s up to us how we treat those failure in the way to success. These failure can teaches us many things, only if we are ready to learn from them. As John Maxwell in his book “Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn” states about many advantages of the failures. One of my favorite benefits as described by him, is knowing about ourselves from the failures and learning from them. He says that during the failures we can be introduced to the real side of ourselves and it can be an opportunity for self- discovery, only if want to. Additionally, he states that we can learn a lot from the failures and can pursue those failures as opportunities, again, only if we want to. JK Rowling and Steve Jobs also consider their failures as opportunities to success and they believes that we can learn a lot from the failures and use these failures as a support for the way to success by learning the wrong things causes the failure and not doing it again.

The worst failure of my life is when I got lowest marks ever in my academics career. It happened 4 years back when I started my B.Com (Hons.) in Hailey College of Commerce. Already I was not so happy in getting admission in a commerce degree as I wanted to join IBA for a business management degree. Although I was a bright student earlier and always secured good marks, I was very poor in start of the first semester and was not doing well due to zero motivation for the commerce subjects. Things got worse when by the end of semester my father passed away. I was totally shattered and did not want to do anything with my life. Consequently, all things were ruined and my final exams went poorly and I got only 3.3 GPA in first semester while most of my classmates got 3.7 and above.

I was shocked to see my result because I never got such low grades throughout my education career. I feel so ashamed of myself and thought whether this is what my parents specially my father wanted me to do. So, I realized and decided to buckle up because my mother’s eyes were still on me to excel in my life. I started to work hard and put my 100 percent efforts to bring my result and CGPA up. When I worked hard and start to have interest in my subjects, I start loving my course and then Accounting became my favorite subject and I took the Specialization in Accounting and got 4 out of 4 GPA in all subjects of Specialization. I ended up my B.Com (Hons.) with 3.83 CGPA and with a good reputation among my teachers and classmates.

What I learnt though my adversity is to work hard and remained focus. I never gave up as it was really hard to bring the CGPA from 3.3 to 3.83. I realized through my adversity that I was not business management kind of person who cram the theories and concepts already built up rather I’m a person who can deal with facts and figures efficiently and explore new ideas to solve problems which I never know about myself earlier. I found many opportunities during my adversity as I realized that I’m not only good with numbers but I can handle people as well. Here I learnt how to solve problems though helping each other. Hence, I learned a lot from my failure and was able to know the real side of mine. I surprisingly got aware of my hidden strengths which I didn’t even realize of earlier. I consider my failures as opportunities and take them positively and I strongly recommend everyone to live the phase of failure positively and try to dig the possible opportunities out of them.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy