Failure and Success: Two Faces of the Same Coin


Let me ask you a few questions.

How many times did you fail? 

How many times did you succeed at a project or presentation?

Most importantly how do you define failure and success?

As life is all about the constant change and evolvement with its ups and downs, we need to adjust to these changes and alter our perceptions towards the most misunderstood concepts: Failure and success. 

Failure is usually coupled with the outcome of an action or work. It means not reaching the targeted goal. However, success is oft seen as getting the desired outcome as a real and actual one by the end of that experience. This idea can be spotted in the myth of the phoenix that must burn in order to emerge strongly.

Nevertheless, major business people, actresses, singers, and even writers have shifted this traditional perception regarding failure and success.  Hence, stay tuned to know more about these notions and how to make failure your first approximate success. Let see how the modern era perceives failure and success.

How Failure and Success Must Be Understood?

Denis Waitley once said that: “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing”.

I vehemently believe that this sentence mirrors the great advantages of failure. It offers a unique approach to it. Failure is not being perceived as the end of your road, research, or the vanity of your efforts. Rather it is perceived as the announcement of the beginning of a new series of work, dedication, and mostly a change in the style of your work. 

The failure is then must be regarded as an experience to learn and note all the needed changes for better achievements, for success can never exist before failure. To put it better, success is always the positive growth of a long series of failed attempts.

In order to reinforce the magical powers of all the lessons learned from these failures, you must learn two basic principles: change as well as dedication.

The Need for Change

To be out of blue, and to feel dejected just after going through the failure of a hard project is not uncommon. It is insanely painful where you put all your efforts and you bet that it would rock and then you fail in it.  Yet, it would be equally insane to think that that’s it, you didn’t work it out and it’s the end. Well, it’s high time that you digest this fact: the past never gets to repeat itself unless you repeat your mistakes the exact same way.

Just bear in mind that change is your only key to evolve, to make progress, and achieve it as a reality of something you have been planning for years.

Be certain from the fact that for every action there is an attached outcome. For every change in that action, there is a change in the outcome itself. That’s why it is important to understand that the root of success is learning from past lessons. This prepares us to be brave enough to make the next move with great expectations.


It’s elementary to clarify that change has nothing to do with your passion and love for that work or project. As change comes as an inevitable part to move on and learn, it doesn’t undermine your value of work or your passions.  Don’t quit it too early, rather show some resilience to these new circumstances.

Adjusting alongside hard work will pave the ground for you to go wild within this field. You should work on your mindset to help you vindicate your work and your creativity.  Your strong determination helps you to be only the best among the best people in that field.

Knowing the hardships that do come with that strong innate ambition, every amount of effort and dedication will be further highlighted within the added value of that work. This will indeed help you to come out of your shell.

Being super-indulgent within your chaotic creativity will help you understand your core thoughts that you would use in promoting your brand of that work. 


It’s essential to take a step back, stop beating yourself up with all the needed changes, and allocate your mindset to the need for strong determination. Consider the failure as a wake-up call to shift your strategies but never your real goal and value from that work.

Written by - Syrinne Landolsi

Edited  by - Maryam Salim

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