Sometimes the Road to Success Has Detours Called Failure

Sometimes the Road to Success Has Detours Called Failure

Are You Traveling

on a Detour?


I read an interesting post by a fellow blogger last night about how we must experience both failures and successes in life, and it reminded me of this post I wrote awhile ago. So I thought I’d share it again!

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.  As the top quote says, sometimes life doesn’t go according to our plans, and we have to go in a different direction that ends up being an even better destination.

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 today…


“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 inThe 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!

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?







8 thoughts on “Sometimes the Road to Success Has Detours Called Failure

  1. K-Lee, greetings! I’m visiting from the UBC again. I so appreciate your theme today. Joyce Meyer is one of my favorite teachers; I volunteer for her conference when she comes to my city. I love your expression, “step out to find out”! “Failure” is relative, like so many things. Sometimes you are simply not called to do that thing at which you just “failed”, and God wants you to move on to something you are called to do. Thanks for raising this subject. Blessings!

  2. Great post! I don;t think we HAVE TO fail before we succeed. I think that if we fail, we can learn from it and move towards success.

    I read somewhere – There is no such thing as a failure, only a learning opportunity! You only fail if you do not learn from the ‘unexpected outcome.’

  3. A detour is one way to look at it. Mine has been exceptionally long. 7 years ago things went….left….and the road got bumpy. This week the bottom dropped out. I this detour doesn’t end soon I’m gonna have to learn how to swim. lol

  4. Great post! I think nothing in life is linear, while “failure” is part of the process, I think it’s more of a mishap… I believe you only truly fail when you give up. But I don’t think the road for anyone is easy, even for those that make it look like it is, or those born into a life of luxury… everyone has their own struggles, I think that’s part of the beauty of the human existence.

  5. Very interesting – maybe I will stop using the word failure and find some others – like detours or speed bumps or as my GPS says “recalculating” Thanks for the food for thought.

  6. When my grandson was traveling down the wrong road, he met my mom in a vision and he turned around. I like to call his journey a learning experience instead of a failure because since taking the right road has become a much strong person. Enjoyed reading your blog.

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