We’ve all failed. It can be on that exam you studied hard for, that relationship you had or that business venture you had focused all of your time and energy into. Failure has happened to each and everyone one of us. Some people let failure keep them down and they never get back up and some people learn from their failures and come back stronger than before. There is no such thing as failure, just learning experiences. Replace the word “failure” with “learning experience” and you will mentally feel much better and be ready to learn from this experience.

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Many great people have failed (or should i say had “learning experiences”), but they used that failure to get back up and succeed.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon always knew that he was destined to be great. He tried out different ventures in his twenties in order to try and achieve fame and fortune. He wrote a book and it didn’t garner the attention he wanted. At that point in his life he told his brother that he was contemplating suicide. From this low point of his life and learning that being an author wasn’t going to be his calling for greatness, he got his opportunity in the army and rose to lead an empire and become a figure that everyone knows till this day.

Henry Ford

The founder of the Ford Motor Company failed many times in his life. His Detroit Auto Company went bankrupt, the money that his first group of investors gave him didn’t lead to him producing a car, he refused to update the model T car which led to a dramatic fall in sales, etc. He learnt from all of these failures and the company that he founded is now one of the biggest companies in the world. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”-Henry Ford

R.H. Macy

You’ve heard of Macy’s right? If not, google is your best friend. About 150 years ago, R.H. Macy knew that his fortune was going to be in opening a store, but four of his store ventures failed in opening due to being in bad locations. He finally learned from this mistake and opened one in New York City, and the rest is history.

Akio Morita

He is the one of the founder’s of Sony. He started his journey into the business world by selling rice cookers. The only problem is that these rice cookers burned the rice instead of cooking it. He didn’t give up when faced with this massive failure, instead he founded the monster of a company that is now Sony.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was a failure?! Yes he was! He was even fired from a newspaper company because he apparently “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He then started numerous businesses that ended in bankruptcy and just plain old failure…BUT he didn’t let that stop him. He kept chugging along and now Disney is one of the biggest companies in the world!

There are countless stories like these and the one thing that made them successful is that they have failed. Believe in yourself and always aim for your goal. You can reinforce this indomitable spirit by saying affirmations. Failure is an important step in learning and succeeding, therefore the more you fail the more you will learn and be able to see where you went wrong and find out how you can set yourself up for future success.