Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Failure Is A Part To Success

Assalamu'alaikum wbt all my friends. I have something to share with you guys. This is an article from Mejar Dr Faiz Khaleed,our second astronaut in Malaysia. I went to one camp name as "Kem Cerdik Cukai" that have been at Akademi Percukaian Malaysia,Bangi. Alhamdulillah, I got a lot of informations there. I want to share with you about "SUCCESS". I got this article from Dr Faiz's blog and he also give his talk about this title. Hopes that all of you can get something from this. Insya Allah. 

Hey, ever heard people calling others failure? Like, ” You are a failure!” It always gives me the giggle when I hear that. How could anybody be very confuse between a person or an event, right? I mean, for sure you’ll not be confused between a birthday party and a birthday boy. The thing here is that, some people are very confuse about failure. Failure is an event, not a person. It’s an event that teaches us to be better and improve ourselves. So I just don’t get it when somebody calls somebody else a failure. Especially with a very assuring tone. It shows how deeply confused he/she is and I can’t help but laughing when I hear such assuring-confusion. For goodness sake, failure is not a person.

Let’s explore what failure really is. At first glance, would you be able to tell the real gold from a fake one? Just like majority of people, you probably won’t be able to tell since both have the same look, unless you have prior knowledge that one is real. The same thing can be said of failure. In one glance, all failures might look the same because these lead to negative consequences and emotions. It is possible that hidden among these failures is one disguised as a nugget of success.

You probably have read in many magazines, articles, and books that failure is part of success. Failure is often camouflaged as success and acts as a guide towards success. This article emphasizes that failure is inevitable in your trek to accomplishment. In fact, it is the critical ingredient to success. How do you deal with this critical ingredient?

Actually, all failures have the potential to become success stories. Just like Bill Gates, he failed to complete his study in college. But who he is now?In my first year of study in dentistry, I failed few subjects in the exam. At least I tasted a failure. And that was the last I would failed in an exam. It is just a matter of using failure to your advantage. In this case, practice makes perfect. As you encounter more failures, you will learn what works and what does not. For each failure, you are one step closer to success. This is the reason why you must not give up easily should failure occur. Intense belief in your capabilities motivates you to continue in pursuing what you are after.

‘Jangan takut dengan kegagalan’, we quite often hear this. Think of failure as a tool for success. Use failure as a tool in digging your mine of success. “So what if I fail! I may have failed now but that doesn’t mean I am completely abandoning my success goal. More failures? Bring them on! More failures mean more lessons that can be learned.” This is the attitude you must keep in your mind and heart to keep you going for the goal.

I have a friend, a close friend since school. He always complain to me that he failed in almost everything he has done. He was unable to complete his studies, his business is not running good, and few more other examples. I kind of pity of him, since I know he has potential, maybe it just the matter of time he will succeed. One positive thing I’ve seen from him is, he keeps on trying. He never gives up and likes to do new things as long as he still has resources to use to never stop trying

What if your resources are all used up? What if you are going bankrupt and accumulating debts? What if your assets are turning into liabilities? This is where your determination and intense belief in yourself come to the picture. If you sincerely believe you are going to make it to the top even if  you have to pass through scourges of failure, go for it! Make the most out of failures and learn from them. Yes, you read it right, LEARN FROM THEM. Try to keep track of your failures by listing them on a piece of paper. Use this list to find out the different causes of failures, and solutions you have used to overcome them.

Ask yourself, what did I do wrong? How can I do better? Asking difficult questions forces you to maximize the golden learning opportunity present in every failure.

Imagine yourself caught in the middle of a storm. What do you usually do? When you are in the middle of a storm, you stop whatever you are doing and try to protect what you still have. You wait out the storm in a safe place and wait for the sun to shine. Amidst any turbulence, you must have the confidence that you will survive.
Failure is like a storm. It passes swiftly. It provides the opportunity for you to stop to think why, how, and where you went wrong. The solution you are looking for is the sunshine after the storm. You consolidate your resources, backtrack a little, do some adjustments, and then continue pursuing your objective.

Remember, all failures have the potential to become success stories. It is just a matter of using failure to your advantage. Failures make you wiser, builds your character if you learn from it, and may help you detect that hidden golden nugget of success ;) Like we always hear, ‘GAGAL SEKALI, BUKAN GAGAL SELAMANYA’…

Mejar (Dr) Faiz Khaleed - Angkasawan Malaysia 

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