7 Powerful Tips to Overcome Failure

Posted by Donald Latumahina

You always pass failure on the way to success.
Mickey Rooney

Failure is inevitable if we are to succeed in life. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to overcome failure, and they are stopped by it when they encounter one. The ability to overcome failure is one big difference between successful and mediocre people. After all, we should pass failure on the way to success, so it is the ability to pass it that makes the difference between those who eventually reach success and those who don’t.

So, knowing that overcoming failure is essential, what should we do? Here are some tips to help you overcome failure:

1. Rise up and don’t regret; you have spent your time wisely

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

When we fail, we might be tempted to think that we have wasted our time and thus regret it. But that’s should not be the case. The fact that you have done something is much better than doing nothing. Many people who despise persons who fail never do anything themselves. Rise up and move on. The regret lies not in doing, but in not doing.

2. Understand that failure is there to bring you wisdom

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan

Failure is there not without a reason. It’s there to give you the wisdom you need to succeed. Each failure you encounter increases your wisdom and brings you one step closer to success. If you have this mindset, you will see failure differently. You will see each failure as an opportunity to learn.

3. Learn as much as possible from the failure

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Albert Einstein

While failure brings you wisdom, how much wisdom you will get depends entirely on your ability to harvest it. So don’t waste the opportunity to learn; harvest wisdom as much as possible from the failure. If you fail to do this, you may waste a lot of time by repeating the same mistakes in the future.

4. Don’t give up; maybe you are only one step away from success

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison

The thought of giving up is tempting, especially when we have failed over and over again. But who knows that maybe you are only one step away from success? Will you waste the long journey you have passed when you are already so close to your destination?

So hold on tight and don’t give up. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times to perfect the light bulb. He knew what it means not to give up.

5. Maintain your enthusiasm

Not only you should keep on trying, you should also do it with the same level of enthusiasm as when you first began. Otherwise your subsequent effort will have less and less power.

So how do you maintain enthusiasm? One good way is by realizing that you are now one step closer to success thanks to the lessons you learn. There’s no reason not to be enthusiastic when you are getting closer to success. Another way is to keep your mind on the destination, which brings us to the next point.

6. Keep dreaming big dreams

Always have your destination in mind; keep dreaming your big dreams. Spend time to visualize them and let the dreams energize you. Let them make you passionate and enthusiastic. Once you cease dreaming, soon you will also lose your energy and be back to mediocrity. To overcome all the obstacles you encounter you always need a greater why, and that why is provided by your dreams.

7. Keep your confidence in yourself

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.
Belva Davis

Keep your confidence in yourself despite the failure. Of course, you need to put a lot of effort and learn as much as possible from the failure, but you have the ability to make your dream come true. Many people who achieve great undertakings have no special trait. They are just ordinary people with extraordinary attitude. Let’s be one of them.

This post is my submission to the group writing project at Litemind.

Photo by Behrooz Nobakht

Categories: Attitude

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139 Responses so far.

  1. JY Yong says:

    Where are the support of the teachers and friends in school when you need them? This is why this page is important: to tell you how to strike out on your own without anyone’s help.

  2. rohit says:

    before reading to this I was thinking to quit life.I am not getting a job here.My lot of past time has been spent to solve my family problems.
    I don’t know how to overcome.please God help me.

    • Hari says:


      I was on the page you were. Tell me what you want to be, may be if I can sort out, I would be happy too.


  3. Lisa says:

    Your article was helpful to me. Thank you.

  4. Arghanil das says:

    In my life i have failed nt only one time it is more than 1 time and those fail r such a heartbroken failers ……after that i have totoally boken down…..i will not know anything that what to do…bt after reading this…..i got enery and lessons frm this…..

  5. Learning is a process the reason why am very happy to these tips

  6. pragya kumari says:

    Thankyou sir.

  7. Iso Moreo Bilgan says:

    Thanks alot! I am a medical student from Papua New Guinea doing third year MBBS Program. I failed my main domain and I was really torn. There were all sorts of thoughts bombarding my mind. I even thought of withdrawing from my studies!

    But I’m grateful I’ve visited this site and read your articles. It gave me a new glimpse of hope to pursue my studies and achieve my dreams.

    After graduating from this university I want to pursue my Masters and Ph.D in Public Health and Work with ADRA, and Iknow I will do it with the help of my God!

    Thanks for keeping up my moral!

    Iso Moreo, friend.

  8. laksh says:

    thank you for helping to people those who are in failure..now i m in failure..i learn lots of things from u..i promise u that i will not give up my enthusiasm and i will not give up my goal..thank u for helping god bless u..

  9. Hilda says:

    Wonderful discovery.Sir, if you know what relief I’ve got from your words of advice, you can understand where how i was despaired. With the grace of the Almighty, i hope i will overcome all the challenges that afflict my life with a pursuit of my dreams,some self-esteem and faith in God for all is grace. Amen.

  10. bobby says:

    thank u sir, but i need some more to overcome my obstacles and heartbroken problems. sir, why should only good people have to suffer , i dont know. i did not do any harm to anybody , i just help them .but why should i suffer and why should i get in pathetic mood. tell me sir i want practical cause.

    • vaitees says:

      hai i am in sad mood because i am loved one girl but she not loving but she tells thst she liking me so that my heart that was complaining and i am totaly upset because of love fail so please give me a idea to my love suceess

      thanking you

      • Bharat says:

        Vaitees, Make yourself strong in the ares were you can do the best.Try to respect the girl you are loving and find out what is her likes, her nature match it with you nautre and likes. Then you will get answer to all your quries. Best luck

      • someone says:

        failing in love is nothing than failing in exam

    • Mitchell says:

      People suffer because of sin despite what we’ve done (good or bad), and we live in a fallen world because of it. But if we put our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He will forgive us of our sin, and He promises us a home in Heaven when we do. Life won’t always go your way, but when you live for Christ, it will all be worth it in the end.

  11. junaid says:

    This articles is so great. It sorted out all my problems for not trying again..

  12. Mercurio says:

    Nice quotes, but i wouldn’t take any advice or quoting from Thomas Edison, he wasn’t what most people though he was.

  13. Matt says:

    Thank you for sharing this post. To be honest, I am/was at the verge of giving up on life. I pursued my dream and failed in such a big way. I have nothing… I am at rock bottom. I am still struggling and am not sure where I go from here, but I thank you for supporting everyone with a dream. One day I will succeed. I just don’t know when and I hope it is soon.

  14. Ann says:

    I just failed my final exams in Nursing on friday the 26th October 2012. Am really devastated and burned out at the same time but this article gave me abit of hope that I needed soo desperately.

  15. Archillis says:

    I’ve failed it all. Health, education, relationships, spirituality, finances, life. All I can say is today is the first day of the rest of my life. I’ve got what’s left to make something, because I have what many luck. Life.

  16. i am failure with myself because i am lock of confidence to my self….

  17. Eldho says:

    But how to know that wether the task you’ve undertaken is one that you truly are passionate about and have a knack for ? I mean I am very bad at math but I wanna be good at it I am trying for a month but when I read that article about passion and talent I started to feel as if my mind is not made for math and I should go for other subjects that I am good at.

  18. Rajan says:

    At the end of the rope. No way out, no hope left. Have been used, abused and misused!

    I find no way. I have failed in life, very miserably, have gone too far, from where there seems to be no return and none to rescue!

    Have none to share, none to care, none my burdens to bear, and when I try alone to stand on my feet, have folks around stretching their hands – I thought they were helping hands – to pull me and throw me into a deeper pit!

    I dont know how to resist, I dont know how to refuse! In my attempt to please others I have failed myself miserably.

    I want to bounce back, I will not give up, but I dont know whom to trust, which way to take, for all around me seems to be my foe in disguise, and all the path seems to be thin icy layer on the lake

  19. stalin says:

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  20. Ortega Ezechukwu says:

    I have found solace in this page,& i believed it will go a long way in reforming my life frm depression.thanks alot!

  21. Abhilash Borah says:

    Thank You Sir!
    I am refreshed by your blessings…

  22. Sharon Faith P. Abad says:

    Did a big impact…

  23. Drew says:

    What a bunch of crap…

  24. fuck you says:

    fuck this, same old shit you hear everywhere. “feel good about life and it will be good” thats a load of shit. If you try hard and you learn alot, but you still get shit and shit keeps coming your way, then it doesn’t matter how you feel about it. All this crap is saying is be happy with shit and you won’t be disappointed.

  25. Austin Huang says:

    Here’s the problem…..I fail because I fail to try….and fail to do. So I basically fail everything…..this is why I’m screwed.

  26. vinith says:

    I loved girl for 5 years . double side commited ! we both were so close to our hearts ! every one where jelous abt our long relationship ! tat 5 years we were like adam and eve njoyng in earth !!! daily meetings ! gifts and lot !!! bt suddenly when she joined colg every thng changed !! we got smal fights and any how I manged to get over it suddenly one day she told abt breakup and told some sily reasons tat I am frm low cast and she s frm upper cast and her parents wil nt accept me !! we already talked abt tis earlier in tat 5 years tat time she told we wil face it and we wil make her parrents to accept !! I was more happier and thankd god for gvng me such precious gift lyk her and was very proud of tat words she told !!! bt when she joined colg she told it wil nt work and she broked up wit me !!!! I thought to leave tis fr sme days tat she wil realize me and cme back bt things changed worst when I came to knw tat she gt commited wit other boy !!! and many thngs happend aftr tat
    went to her colg and beat tat guy !! bt he create sympathy and they becme close !!! nw I do knw wat to do !!
    cant even concentrate on my daily works !!
    I feel lyk livng wit out her s meaning less !!! plz gve me suggestion
    how to over come her
    r bring back her !!! :-(

  27. Sherry says:

    It had been depression and angry inside. I always failed everything going through all of it children, relationship, finances, job and stink my life. I want to see my relationship shows real love me more than anything. I always cried and worried about everything what I am doing. Try it many time to get new job to support my kids. My children and my relationship don’t understand me nothing at all. Hard for me accept who I am.