By Tim Pedrosa

Failure does not mean defeat. It is a part of our life that at times we fail.We are defeated only when we don't bounce back, but instead allow failure to turn what could be a successful undertaking into a wasted one.

There's a big difference between saying "I fail" and "I'm a failure". There's no disgrace in saying that we fail. It is a fact of life but we should never say that we are a failure unless we have decided to give up.

Those who have made great discovery, won a victory, or have some breakthrough, had experienced some failures, but refusing to let those failures defeat them. The most of the important things in the world have been achieved by people who had kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Should we run into some obstacles along the way, we may change our direction, but not our goal or destination. We may have a fresh start, for this thing we call  'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down that makes us defeated.

It is in failing that appreciate victory more and we win many of life's rewards by learning how to hang in there and work till the very end. We learn from the experience and we become stronger and wiser.

Failing is often God’s way of helping us to zero in on His utmost and best plan for us. As our own programs crumble down, He’s right there with a new blueprint of better strategy. It is then when He is preparing us to achieve our goal. We can fail many times in different things and we will, but we are not a failure as long as we keep getting up and trying again. No one is a failure who can truly say, "I have done my very best."

Our chances of success in any undertaking can be measured by our belief in ourselves. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking and/or when we encounter difficulties, would more than anything else determine its outcome.

It is not intelligence alone that brings success, but also the drive to succeed, the commitment to work hard, and the courage to believe in ourselves. Our dreams must come from our heart's deepest desires. Only then will the barriers come down before us. To know our heart, we must know ourselves. We are whom we decide ourselves to be, not whom others decide us to be.

To succeed in any undertaking, I believe that we should know what we want, find out what it takes to get it, act on it and persevere until we get results.

The sense of achievement and joy after overcoming the barriers for reaching our goal are the most treasured and fulfilling ones to those who keep on trying hard. Let us never bow down to obstacles, let us conquer them and enjoy the fruit of our hard work. When we look back later in life, we will realize that when we were down and seemed helpless, it was then when God was preparing us for success.


Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. -Evan Esar