The Art of Failing
This art of failing is not all about failing in your exams but at this stage, that’s a part of it. Have you asked yourself why you have three terms? It’s not only because there’s so much to learn, it’s also because it’s important to see your results, know where you didn’t do well, and get better at it. This is the art of failing, that everything might not work out the first time but that you are strong enough to get up and try to be better.
Take Thomas Edison for instance, his teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” And he was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” We also know that he made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Today not much is said about his thousand unsuccessful attempts but every time we touch a light switch, we remember that it was invented by him. When he was asked how it felt to fail, Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps”. This is the art of failing, that every time he failed, he recorded the steps he took so that he would not repeat the same mistakes.
There are a whole lot of successful men today who have failed and will continue to fail but every time they do, they know they have eliminated the way that will not work and will eventually find one that will. As a result of this, I advise you to try out different things. You need to experience life to be sure of what you have passion for. What do you do during your free time? If you love numbers, why not get a job helping your parents or extended family members balance accounts or keep records at their businesses. The trick is to gather as many mentors and resources as you can right now so that when you’re older, you would have tried a lot of things, failed at some too, enough to know what you are most happy and great at doing.