“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” — Charlie Chaplin
The fear of failure can be a heavy burden on ourselves, reducing our motivation to go further. We are afraid to fail when we want to try something new, try to reach our goals, or do our best to avoid any failure. This is especially the case when we want something so desperately that we don’t accept any little failure that could prevent us from our goal. However, being over-idealistic can have harmed more than benefits. Do you want to know why?
Would you believe me if I said many successful and famous people had been complete failures once in their life? I’m talking about Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, and many more…
We Are Meant to Fail
Failure is a part of our nature. Human beings have a burning desire to succeed, it’s built into our DNA, and throughout history, we fought for success to survive. However, we weren’t just made to succeed; we were also made to progress. As a result, ever since we started to live on this planet, we’ve been trying to develop both as a civilization and person. With the help of the invention of language and technology, we are what we are now.
However, we didn’t manage to build our civilization for 200,000 years with some success. Failure has always existed in our history. We sometimes failed, sometimes won. This is a natural law of life. Unfortunately, it may be hard for us to accept.
Since we are so focused on success, we forget to think about the possibility of failure. Consequently, when a failure occurs, we are found defenseless because it’s not something we foresaw beforehand.
Learn About Yourself from Your Mistakes
The burden of failure can be painful, but you learn to question yourself and why you ended up in such a situation. As a result, once you found the cause of your failure, you get inspired for a creative solution. Being objective to ourselves is hard to achieve, but our failures give us a chance to see what we’ve done wrong; and eventually, we get to know about ourselves better.
Famous People Who Failed At First
The most successful and famous people we know had failures in their life; not just once, twice, thrice, or sometimes even more. They’ve messed things up, but they’ve also recovered. They didn’t let the depression take them away or keep their hands off from everything. Instead, they learned from their mistakes and kept going. This was exactly what led to their success.
In this article, I will talk about some of the most famous people who failed at first. Once you read their story, you will understand what they had to go through for their success.
- Albert Einstein
Did you know that Albert Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses of all time, was once seen as a failure when he was a child? Well, this is surprisingly a true story. Einstein couldn’t even speak until the age of 4. His student life wasn’t so good either; in fact, he was an average student at his school. When he was 16, he failed to pass the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic school.
After graduating from university, he didn’t know what to do. He worked as a salesman, going door to door and unsure of what to do next. Later, he found a job as an assistant for checking the patent applications for different devices.
- Charlie Chaplin
The greatest actor and comedian’s personal life was far from comedy. He was born into poverty; his father abandoned him with his brother and mother when he was only two years old. At the age of 7, Chaplin had to work in exchange for a room and board.
Two years later, when he returned home, his mother was committed to an asylum and forced his son to go back to work again.
Without any of their parents, Chaplin brothers had to live on their own, sometimes spending days without any food.
During these hard times, Charlie Chaplin didn’t give up. He tried his chance with his step dancing talents and took parts in several stage plays. Eventually, he succeeded to be in Hollywood but was rejected. However, soon afterward, he became one of the greatest actors in the world.
- Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is known for his fight for equal rights and the end of slavery in America. However, Lincoln didn’t jump to success all of a sudden.
At the age of 23, he lost his job and a year later, he had to borrow money from his friend to start a new business. However, at the end of the year, he was bankrupt. He spent 17 years paying his debt. In 1935, his first love Ann Rutledge passed away. In the following year, he had a nervous breakdown and stayed in bed for six months.
Until he was finally chosen as the president of the USA, he lost many elections. However, this didn’t stop him from trying harder, and in 1860, he was rewarded for his efforts.
Life is too Short to Worry About Your Failures
When you fail at something, it doesn’t mean that you are a failure. If that was the case, then Einstein, Chaplin, or Lincoln would the embodiments of failure. Remember, failure won’t make things worse; on the contrary, it will make you better. We all have good and bad things happening in our life, and life is too short to let the fear of failure prevent you from success and happiness.
It’s never too late for anything, take your time and start a new day without bothering yourself with the fear of failure.