Almost all books and preachers have always taught us how to be successful. You can do it, they say. Follow these steps and glory will be yours. But ever wondered, why no one teaches you how ‘not’ to be successful.
I can recall one incident from my life. Once in my college days, my friends and I were organizing an event that would make us stars.But exactly when you want something, it falls apart. The event that was supposed to be ‘never done before’ magnitude had to be canceled on its eve because of a tragedy in the college.
We were trapped by the circumstances. We took a lot of money from people so that they could setup their stalls at the event. We had sunk part of that into setting up the venue. It was a doomsday scenario in which we were all alone. We were now failures in everyone eyes and we too thought so.
The point I am getting to here is, why no teaches about failure. Success takes you high up and you need skills to reach there. However, if you fall down, do you know how to survive ? I have not seen many books on handling failures, probably because they won’t sell much.
Back to the story in the college, we did everything for our survival. We made deals with other venue organizers. We convinced stall owners that we were acting in their best interests. We took our college teachers into confidence. Would we ever have done that if we were successful? I guess not. We would be full of ego and failed miserably later on.
Failure sometimes teaches you more than the success. Don’t you agree?