At Macleans, we are constantly associated with success, as we celebrate it often and it is something we strive to achieve. And therefore we see failure in a negative light, purely due to it being the opposite of where we wish to head. This should not be the case. Of course nobody enjoys failure, but it shouldn’t always be considered a bad thing.
Failure should be used as a tool in order to push us further in life and make us better off for it. The cliché example of course is Michael Jordan and being cut from his high school basketball team. He then of course proceeded to become one of the greatest athletes of all time and a reason he gave was this “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
This quote can also be applied to the school environment perfectly. I remember not making the Colts cricket team in Year 9, something I deemed a failure. Instead of giving up, I used my failure as motivation, took the advice given to me on board and made the team in Year 10.
So whether it’s not making the sports team you were aiming for or failing maths, don’t take it so badly. Learn from it, move on, and in the future it will more than likely breed success. Because remember, there is no failure except giving up.
By Harry Stead. Edited by Keniel Yao.