Last week, I started a #MondaySuccessReflections discussion on how to control failure and not making failing fatal. I have received lots of feedbacks from many of us who had time to read through the piece. I have personally learnt from last week’s edition. Today, we continue to disperse the fear of failing in the hearts of men and women in this generation. So, here’s my reflection for this week!
• Every failure creates new opportunities just as does every success
Most people will agree that success creates new opportunity but it will take a hard-knocked guy to believe same about failure. Our society has regimented our thinking to only look out for opportunities in places or circumstances that we feel success resides. Unfortunately, this has not really done us much good, especially if you consider how derailed this upcoming generation has become and how this same generation has become failure-phobia.
On the contrary, Loa Tzu, a philosopher and poet of ancient China once said
I once read a story about how what we call ‘Post-It-Notes’ was discovered.Spence Ferguson Silver, was working on a new type of glue when he mixed different chemicals together that led to glue that didn’t stick very well. Instead of looking at this as strictly a failure, he looked for the opportunity within it. Eventually this lousy sticking glue became what is known as Post-It-Notes. He collaborated with Arthur Fry to come up with the concept of these sticky notes. Spencer is now named on over 20 US patents; but his most significant invention was not an immediate success. Today, there is even a website full of other opportunities for ‘Post-It-Notes’ which can be found here.
It was Spence’s failure that created the opportunity to discover the Post-It-Notes. Unfortunately, we always fail to look out for opportunities. One lesson from today’s reflection is that ‘opportunities do not always lurk in the places we expect, waiting for us to pick them up, sometimes they are hidden in those times we fail’.
I am sharing this because I want you to know that you are bigger than any failure; that in your failure is an opportunity; that something good can still come out of what you are facing today, big enough to turn your dreams around. If you will not take this piece as one of those pep-talks to make you feel good, then it could change your life. All I want you to begin to do from today is, whenever you encounter any difficulty of failure, just ask God to show you the opportunity that He wants to create out of it. This alone can give your life a whole new and lots of meaning.
I still remain…..
Your friend in Success and Excellence
Apeh Omede is the founder of LifeExcel International, a youth-led organisation working to help youths achieve personal leadership, development, purpose, and passion for their lives so they can excel in life. You can follow his blog here.