I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work — Thomas A. Edison.

Right from childhood, we’ve been taught to loathe failure, aim for the skies, spread our wings. We’ve been programmed to view others by the level of their achievements, their successes, wealth, power, prestige, etc. However while looking at truly successful people, chanting their praise, and hoping to be like them, we forget that their climb to the top wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Many of them have had to overcome monumental failures, crawling their way against all odds to the top. I’m talking about the likes of Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Colonel Sanders, etc.

While we tend to amplify success, today I would like to amplify the many failures that combined together produce success.

Failures aren’t evil, bad, disastrous as they are mostly termed, they are the steps in our ladder, propelling us closer to our goals. A sure-fire recipe for success, they are the thorn-laden path that brings us closer to our dreams.

Even the good book asks us to rejoice in our sufferings. WHY? Because suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.

Don’t get me wrong, failing isn’t easy. It is ok to feel frustrated and defeated but it is not ok to stay that way.

When failure hits;

  • believe in God’s plan for you,

  • grieve for as long as is necessary

  • believe in yourself,

  • re-evaluate, re-group,

  • rise and TRY AGAIN.

As Maya Angelou says, “ YOU MUST NOT BE DEFEATED…”.

In my years of living on planet earth, I have failed more times than I care to remember but those failures put together are nothing compared to the NOs I have received in the last 18 months. Although I get tired, I plan to keep hope alive, striving and pushing and taking each day with joy in my heart, a melody on my lips, and a spring in my step.

This is me saying to you that despite your many failed attempts, tomorrow is a new day to try again and who knows what it might bring.