Five Tips To Overcome That Feeling Of Failure

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The following is a guest post by Ali Maged.  His bio follows.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are bound to face challenges in life, and what separates a successful person from a failure is having the mental strength required to be able to overcome setbacks and the days when it doesn’t go as planned.  In this article, I would like to share with you some tips that have helped me, personally, overcome failure.

It wasn’t a complete waste of time

Don’t assume that you’ve wasted your time for no reason because you did not achieve what you wanted to. You learn from previous experience and by acknowledging the mistakes you’ve done that lead to failing then avoiding those mistakes, you will be on the right path to success.

“It wasn’t a waste of time if you learned something.”

—Author Unknown.

Move on

You have worked hard, but it didn’t go as planned. Just move on and go to plan B. The quicker you move on, the better.

“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

― Elvis Presley

Don’t give up

By giving up and letting go of your dreams, you are doing yourself an injustice.  Just remember that Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb!

“Our Greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

― Thomas A. Edison

Don’t be okay with it

Understand that you have done something wrong, it was your fault not someone else’s fault nor does the universe hate you and don’t be too comfortable about failing.

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

― John Burroughs.

Read stories about how successful people got where they at

There are thousands of more stories like Thomas Edison that you can read. Not just to feel better about yourself, but to also realize that no one had it easy and failing is a part of life for all of us.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

―J. K. Rowling

Not that I am successful yet, but I would like to share my story with you. I am a high school student and currently applying to colleges. My experience with the application process was full of ups and downs but the ups always came after the downs so I am glad I kept going. I have made a short film summarizing how it was like for me applying to colleges in the US. I hope it inspires you to keep doing what you’re doing and realize that you will get there one day.

Here is the short film:


By following these simple tips you are well on your way to success 🙂


Ali is a film-maker and a senior high school student. He has an accumulated view count of over 300,000 views on YouTube. You can find him on YouTube.

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