‘Pain is a teacher and failure is the highway to success’
– Robin Sharma

Learning is an important process that makes human beings great. In fact, it is the secret behind the survival of the human beings. In NLP, there is a presupposition, which says ‘experience has a structure’. This means that every experience we go through in our life programmes our mind. When we go through failures in life, we experience pain and our ego is touched. Ego is an important parameter, which shapes our life. Isn’t it true that the person who touches our ego stays longer in our mind?

Failures make you to think why you failed. You don’t ‘think’ when you succeed. You may feel happy, excited, proud, encouraged etc., but you don’t think. Thinking is different and feeling is different.

Great people succeed after heart breaking failures. Soichiro Honda is the founder of Honda. He was working as a mechanic in a shop to tune cars that entered racing. He worked on a piston design that he wanted to sell to Toyota. His first design was rejected. He went back to school and learnt, pawned his wife’s jewels as collateral security and built a factory to construct pistons. He won a contract from Toyota, but the factory was destroyed in an earthquake!

He got an idea to make motorized cycle when he could not use his car due to gasoline shortage during World War II. He produced a two cylinder motorbike engines and approached 18,000 bicycle shop owners. His first motor cycle design was not a success. But he learnt from his failures and ultimately won.

So, don’t be afraid of failure. But learn from failure.


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