Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Today, Math Lobby will be discussing the reasons why you SHOULD NOT be afraid of failure, and how we can embrace it for it to be a stepping stone in our long and arduous journey of education. We teach you ways on how to turn failure into success.
Math Lobby believes that everyone in general has been taught since young that failing is a sign of incompetence, you will be looked down upon on as dumb or stupid. This is a societal perspective and how we have been subconsciously been conditioned to judge and criticize others in our minds, although ironically, we have been taught not to do so through our education system.
Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable outcome or intended objective, often associated with examination grades in education, or businesses in the corporate world. As the saying goes, “The higher you climb, the harder you fall.” This will usually de-motivate individuals, causing them to experience a period of downturn and lack the passion and motivation to continue anything in life.
Extreme cases might even lead to insomnia, lack of appetite, or even clinically-diagnosed depression. Our society have been so fixated and focused on reaching the top at such a fast pace, that we have neglected the stepping stones that actually builds the path for us to attain those goals in mind. Hence, we must know that it is inevitable to encounter setbacks but we have to learn to embrace it as part of our learning journey and not succumb to it.
Being afraid of failure, or also known as “atychiphobia”, is usually the condition that causes us to fear the consequences of being unsuccessful at a task, which stops us from progressing further and getting out of our comfort zone. The big red “F” that appears on your examination papers are met with so many negative connotations, that you are viewed to be the outcast of the society and be portrayed in a negative light. It is therefore understandable why so many students face such a difficulty and hence, chose not to work harder for the desired outcome they are pursuing.
So, what can you do to start viewing failure in a positive light, and strip the negative connotation attached to it?
Math Lobby Advice on how to turn failure into success:
1. Do not be afraid to START exploring options beyond you
Take Microsoft Corporation’s founder and founder of Facebook for example, both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard University back in the year of 1975 and 2005 respectively. Although “dropping out of a school” is usually perceived to be a sign of incompetence, but they went on to be extremely successful and attained the world’s recognition for their development in the technological industry. As the saying goes, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will believe that it’s stupid for its whole life.”. You must learn to explore the vastness of this world we live in; every human is built in their own unique way. There are people that have taken the wrong path and decided to give up there and then, missing out on the opportunities to find their true calling.
2. Use failure to REFLECT on your mistakes and weaknesses
Whenever we fail, we are often so upset by the outcome that we just brush it aside, ignoring it and try our best to move on. We don’t recognize, in actual fact, that the mistakes we make have a direct relation with what we are weak in. It serves as a lesson, a learning point for us to not repeat such an error again and make notes on it, highlight so that you can see it clearly, allow your mind to hang a “caution” sign whenever you see that same problem. Only through this way, then we can grow to be a better version of ourselves.
3. Be CONFIDENT and PASSIONATE in trying out new things
As the famous saying goes,” You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”. This quote was made famous by the former NBA superstar, Michael Jordan. This was the exact philosophy that Michael Jordan stuck to during his younger days, despite being cut out of his high school basketball team back in the tenth grade. This is the true definition of not giving up!
Michael Jordan did not back down without a fight, and that fight in him was the confidence he had in continuing doing the best that he could, doing the things that he loved and did everything to prove the others wrong. We must remain confident in our stand, and not waver to anybody else’s perception of what you can or cannot do. You are you, and only you can pick yourself up and show the world your efforts and achievements, no one else can do that for you.
Failure comes and goes in life, if there is no failure, then there will be no comparison to what success is like. Nobody is perfect. So, if you want to ace that mathematics test, then go for it! You might not get it on the first try, but always remember to embrace that “F” on the paper, remind yourself that you will stop getting upset, pull yourself together and reflect on your mistakes and come back stronger.
Stay positive, be motivated, work hard for what you want to achieve, failure is nothing but just a temporary setback to push you through further and higher beyond the limits of what you have never thought you could possibly achieve. As long as you are willing to put in the effort and get down on the ground to start the grind, whatever other people might say will mean nothing but just simply wasting their time.
Math Lobby hopes that everyone have taken some valuable insight out of this article with regards to a new perspective to failure, and have been motivated by it. So, what are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating and start grinding! Be brave, stay courageous and excel! Wishing all students a successful and enjoyable journey with Math Lobby!
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