How Failure Can Be A Good Thing

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2 min readApr 5, 2024


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Failure is ultimately a good thing.

If you don’t fail at things, then you won’t ever know how to succeed.

I could trot out all those stories about how Edison, Michael Jordan and Steven Spielberg (as well as hundreds of others) failed a million times before they made it, but that would make this one of those Medium posts that looks like something created by AI.

That’s not me.

Instead, I want to introduce you to a little concept, a way of thinking that I have adopted only recently.

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Let’s get something clear straight out of the gate.

There is no such thing as failure.

At least not in an objective sense.

If we were honest with ourselves, we would realise that all failure is entirely subjective. We make something a failure, rather than measure it against a universal standard.

Failure is not an absolute, in other words.

As soon as we understand that, we can move on.

We can then see failure as completely subjective. We can see it as not achieving the results we wanted to achieve.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain…



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