Was It a Failure or a Step Toward Your Success?


Failure seldom means the end of hope – rather, it seems to be a necessary part of the process.

The unexpected changes happening today are causing a lot of people to think they have “failed.” But have they really, or is that occurrence a necessary step toward success? Is it possible to be extraordinarily great in any area of our lives without going through those inevitable “failures?” Can a world-class golfer get to greatness without hitting a lot of balls in the lake?  Can faith be mature and strong without going through doubt and radical uncertainty? Does a person ever find that perfect job without going through several disappointments or even firings first? 

I think we need to change our definition of “failure.” It seldom means the end of hope – rather, it seems to be a necessary part of the process. Can you welcome failure? Can you at least see it as a healthy part of your  progress toward the success you want?

Daniel Boone was once asked by a reporter if he had ever been lost in the wilderness. Boone thought a moment and then replied, “No, but I was once bewildered for about three days.” I like that. Rather than saying you are lost, how about if you just acknowledge being bewildered right now with company closings, tight money and business challenges.

Many questions continue to show discouragement and defeat. Recognize that circumstances have not changed that much from a year ago – or 10 years ago.  The principles for finding or “creating” work and the life you love are still the same.  Here are just a few examples of what I’m hearing:

I lost my job last December, my Wife and I fight all the time now because I cannot find a job. I’m at the end of my rope and it about broke. Now what do I do? I’ve prayed and still no answer from God. Seems that my prayers are not heard.

When I apply for a job through career builder or other job search sites I have NEVER  received a response or call for an interview.  Why? My resume’ is posted on the different job sites…. no recruiter has ever called me. What is going on…?

I am a Nurse. 14 months ago I started an online pet jewelry site. Everyone loved the idea. One problem, my site and shopping cart was not designed well or user friendly. I generated interest in the product but, made no sales from the site.  I am discouraged, and not sure if I should continue in today’s economy or just call it quits with this product for now.

Hi, Dan. I feel like I am on the verge of a breakdown. I want to take a short leave of absence from my job to try to get things under control. How do I handle this without my employer thinking I am cookoo? I just need a break. I am a wife, mother, work full-time, take care of an elderly parent, you name it. ~Signed, Very Overwhelmed in Georgia

Recognize these challenges are likely steps to greater success. 

“If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.”  Allyson Jones


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