Learn from Your Past Failures – But Do NOT Let Them Define Your Future Successes

Wow, 21 days into 2017 already! Are you still working on your goals or action plans for this new year? I’ve been going through older posts that didn’t get many views and/or comments, for whatever reason, and re-publishing some select ones. This seems especially relevant right now for this topic.


Are you worried that your past failures

will define your future success?

They don’t have to!


Success is not instantaneous, as much as we might like it to be. We usually have to learn some lessons along the way, and even fail now and then as part of the learning process. In other words, we often encounter detours on the road to success. The important thing is to learn what we need to, and keep moving forward.





Here’s your inspiration for this Saturday…


“I believe failing is part of every success.

As John Maxwell says, ‘We can fail forward.’

History is filled with examples of people

who are famous for doing great things–

yet if we study their lives,

we find they failed numerous times

before they ever succeeded at anything.

Their real strength was not their talent

as much as it was their tenacity.

A person who refuses to give up

will always succeed, eventually.

Remember: Failure is simply a detour

on the road to success.”

Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional



My Reflections

It’s comforting to know so many people failed before they ever succeeded–so failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even if we fail the first (second, third…) time, at least it means we made the effort and learned what did NOT work.

If we don’t step out to find out, and take some calculated risks, we might not fail… but we also won’t succeed! We need to learn from those failures and apply it so we can succeed in our present and future endeavors.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree we often have to fail before we succeed?

Have you ever taken a detour on the road to success?


This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. I think many of us do have to fail several times before we succeed. There may be a few people who have instant success at what they most desire to accomplish, but I’m pretty sure that is rare.
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  2. I agree that we need to fail before we have success. After a lot of frustration and lack of success, when we do succeed, we have much more gratitude. I believe that, as humans, we are works in progress and we continue growing and learning for as long as we want to grow and learn.

  3. Failing forward is vital isn’t it! And it’s very reassuring to know that others do that too isn’t it!! ::)

  4. I think failure is a part of success. I know a young man that turned down the wrong road but he realized it and although he was heading for failure, he quickly turned it around. He is now walking down the right road to success and not looking back.
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  5. Simply put, failure sucks! But, for the most part, I agree with you. As human beings, and not being perfect, it is going to happen.
    I think of it this way. If I’m going to fail at something, then I’m going to do the best job I can while I’m failing. By doing this, I’m still remaining positive and still trying to succeed.
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