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By Damilola Faustino

The truth is nobody likes to fail. It simply feels painful to lose, so we try to avoid it at any cost. But, even though we give our very best to succeed, we cannot help but fail every once in a while. This is because failure is not in our control and of course, it is inescapable as it is an integral part of life. We may not be able to prevent it from happening, but we still have the power to make the best of it. Here are the good returns that can be found in failure:

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It is the greatest teacher

Success isn’t much of a great teacher rather it’s a lousy teacher because it makes people think they cannot lose. Consequently, if one were to believe that one cannot lose, one becomes complacent. And complacency makes people reactive instead of being proactive about their pursuit of success.

Gives you the opportunity to start again

With failure, you can always get back up after you have been defeated. There are many opportunities to try again after a failure. Even more so, a failure helps you to try again, but this time more intelligently than before.

Helps you to live your full potential

To push your boundaries, to overcome your limitations, to reach your potential and to make the impossible possible, failure cannot be feared. If you truly want to reach your personal best, you have to be willing to live through failure after failure until you reach your goals. Embrace failure as the necessary steppingstone to the highest levels of success.

It reveals area you should improve

There are chapters in life where we are led to believe that everything we do turns out to be a success. In these situations, failure can provide an important reality check. Not only will it bring your feet back to the ground, but it will also show you without where you are at and clearly points out what areas of your life need to be improved.

 Failure makes you appreciate your successes

You will not appreciate success if you do not fail. Wouldn’t it be exciting to succeed at everything you do? It would certainly be pretty interesting to turn everything into gold for a certain while. The problem with this is that one will be less able to truly appreciate one’s successes. But if you have been through hell, if you have managed to overcome the greatest difficulties, the value of having finally succeeded is enormously high.

It strengthens your character

Living on the bright side of life is quite easy. There are no challenges, nothing that could ever throw you out of your comfort zone. But at the same time, stagnation sneaks in. Strong characters are not formed on the bright side of life. They are shaped and strengthened through the trials and tribulations of life. Being confronted with failure is an important test of character.

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