What Overcoming Failure Will Teach You


When you're faced with failure, the disappointment and magnitude of it all can have serious emotional consequences.

You might feel like you've wasted your time. It might make you feel like you're not good or deserving enough to be able to do the things you love.

In some cases, you might even feel like your life is over.

But it's time to see things from a different, more optimistic perspective. The truth is that everyone experiences failure -- from a bad first date to completely bombing a job interview at your dream company.

Those famous faces and names that you so often look up to? Chances are, they've had to face overcoming failure, too.

But what does staring failure right in the face teach you about not only the world around you, but yourself? And why might it not be such a terrible thing, after all?

Read on to find out.


1. You'll Empathize With Others

One of the most valuable things about overcoming failure?

It gives you an appreciation for the kinds of struggles that other people have likely been through.

In the past, maybe you found yourself judging others a little too harshly. If they weren't able to make their dreams a reality, chances are that they just weren't trying hard enough. Maybe you assumed they were lazy, too afraid to take risks, or just couldn't come up with a creative way to get their foot in the door.

But once you've also failed at something, you'll start to empathize with others who have been in the same boat.

You'll understand that sometimes, circumstances we can't control have an impact on our futures. Maybe that person had to overcome a mental illness. Maybe they'd recently lost a parent and couldn't function well for a while. Perhaps they just didn't have the economic, social, or educational foundations often needed to enhance a career.

Failure teaches you that you're not alone in not getting the outcome you want. It also teaches you that you can rely on others for help and support -- and offer the same in return.

2. You'll Set Better Priorities

One of the biggest things that overcoming failure can teach you?

More about what's truly important in your life.

Especially if you've failed at something you've been working towards for a long time, you'll now be able to get a clearer perspective on what you actually care about versus what you only thought mattered in your life.

Sometimes, what you thought was your true passion turns out to be the very thing that was holding you back from happiness and success.

You'll be able to prioritize not only your self-care, but also things like your relationships. Often, you'll be very surprised by the kinds of support that comes your way after a large failure or loss -- and often, that support comes from the people and places you'd least expect it to.

Failure gives you a unique opportunity to re-evaluate your life, one that you might not have had otherwise.

Make sure you take it.

3. You Stay Humble

It happens to the best of us.

Whether we realize it or not, when we're on top of the world, we have a tendency to let our egos get the best of us.

Especially if you're used to always hearing the word "yes," failure can feel just as shocking as it can be disappointing.

However, there's nothing quite like getting knocked down a few rungs on that ladder to make even the biggest braggarts out there feel more humble.

This humility can often mean that you'll appreciate -- or even see for the first time -- the kinds of sacrifices that other people were making for you.

Maybe your partner handled raising the kids so that you could chase your dreams. Maybe someone at your company always took a backseat to your ideas. Maybe your friends willingly listened to you complain about your problems and brag about your success, with little chance to talk about their own lives.

Failure helps you to remember that, like it or not, it's not always all about you.

4. Your Success Will Feel Earned

Overcoming failure often means that you're closer to success than ever before.

But stop and think about it for a minute: if you automatically got everything you wanted, without any kind of a struggle, would you really be able to appreciate it? Would you understand that the hours you put in, the number of times you were told "no," and all the times that you were knocked down were worth it?

The truth is that, once you've failed, success tastes sweeter than ever.

You won't feel guilty about "not deserving" your success, and you likely won't have many doubts about whether or not this is really what you want to do with your life.

You'll also be able to serve as an inspiration to others who are currently struggling.

If you could overcome all of those obstacles and feelings of self-doubt to make your dreams come true.

They can, too.

Want To Take Concrete Steps In Being Prepared To Overcome Failure?

We hope that this post has helped you to understand that embracing and overcoming failure is one of the most important ways to set yourself up for success.

Failure proves that you can emotionally handle setbacks, that you can take feedback into consideration and become stronger, and that you aren't easily deterred from what you want in life.

Of course, we know that sometimes, overcoming failure can feel impossible.

If you need a helping hand, The Avatar® Course has one we want to extend to you.

Spend some time on our website to learn more about how we can help you to change your life and take control of your future -- starting right now.