Keith Everett

How To Turn Failure Into Rocket Fuel

5 Ways To Turn Failure Into Success

  1. Let failure reveal what you’re not good at. …
  2. Let failure reveal what you are good at. …
  3. Let failure reveal what you can improve. …
  4. Let failure reveal what you’re made of. …
  5. Let failure reveal your why.

Failure. Let’s be honest, we’ve all failed at something. Maybe we keep it to ourselves, but nonetheless failure has played a part in all of our lives. We tend not to talk about it because, hey, who wants to be associated with failure right?

Take Social Media. It’s true, some people do talk about things that go wrong in their life but for the most part, people like to portray themselves as people of interest. This is only natural as most of us like the idea of showing people our finer points while using selective memory loss about past failures.


Did you know, failure is actually not a bad thing, in fact, used correctly it can be a very good thing. Let me explain.

When most people learn something, they learn how to do something right. After all, no one goes out of their way to learn how to do something wrong. The problem is, even when you learn everything, or you think you have, things still go wrong. It’s the way of the world, some things go right, some go wrong.

Take a young mum bringing up a child alone. She can read all the books in the world, take advice from her mum and her mum’s mum, but she will still make mistakes. This is important, because we only really learn the full value of anything once we also see the downside. Complacency comes when we think we know it all, you see, no one knows everything about anything.

How To Use Mistakes To Be Successful

You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to know that any formula for success must also include a plan to take on board the failure you will see on the journey to your goal. Failure can be short term of long term depending on you. If it’s short term, you learn, get over it and carry on if it’s long term you see it as the end and probably give up.

Most people give up when things get tough. The reason is, the pain (to them) of failure is greater than the pure joy of success. People often overestimate the change that will occur in the short term and underestimate the change that will occur in the long term. 

This is why so many people give up after just a few short months. If you take on board the Pareto Principle, The Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, states that for many phenomena 80% of the result comes from 20% of the effort. The principle has been named after Vilfredo Pareto—an Italian economist—who, back in 1895, noticed that about 80% of Italy’s land belonged to 20% of the country’s population.

You will understand that the 20% of effort that brings YOU the 80% of results may actually come from the back-end of your efforts and NOT the front end. In other words, if you start a business, you could be giving up just a few short months from actually making yourself Rich.

Live the mistakes, learn to overcome them – dare I say, embrace them, and use them as Rocket Fuel to inspire you to be better. Once you are better, what you do will be better.

And finally.

Next time you fail at something, imagine yourself in 5 years time. Will your life be better or worse if you could overcome this current failure. For most people, life doesn’t change a lot year on year. By doing the same things, you just get more of the same, for things to change, you have to change it. Stopping and starting all over again every time things go wrong will not change your life. See things through, overcome the challenges like stepping stones and don’t look on failures as bad, look on each failure as a lesson.

Have a great day.


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