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FIFTEEN ANALOGIES OF FAILURE

I will die one day, you will die one day. In fact, everybody on earth will die someday. But then, would you walk up to my grave and ask me anything? No, I won’t answer you! But what if it happens that you come?

Then I will look straight into your eyes and laugh out loud, or better still, burst in tears. Why? Because you have come to ask me what you failed to ask while you had the chance or I have failed to tell you what you ought to have known from me before I die.

Either of the two, the truth remains that we would not have the opportunity to converse again in our graves. Lest I become a loquacious fellow, let me quickly knock the matter bordering my heart.

We live in an era where successes are celebrated rather than highlighting the epic journeys towards success that are filled with trials, tribulations, upsets, setbacks, and fail-lures. As success is part of life, so also is fail-lure. But it is not as glamorous to talk about those things.

Chris Hardwick said “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who has always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” Sure, failing sucks! But, it’s necessary.

The paradox is that we are in a world where the most successful people in life are people who have failed the most times. The likes of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, J.K Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Sir James Dyson, Paul Allen, Bill Gate etc. If you try to go through life without failing at anything, then you’re not really living a life at all. Taking risks and falling down flat on our faces is part of life; it makes us into who we are.

So today, I am here to tell you something you do not know or better still, change your perspective about that thing because there is nothing new under the earth. I have come to tell you something I may never get to tell you when I die, something you will never get to know from anyone else till you become dust again.

Wait! Have you heard about failure? I know you would loudly say yes. What about this: Fifteen Analogies of Fail-lure? You probably have not heard that before. If I may ask, are you afraid of failing? How many times have you experienced fail-lure in life? How many times have life itself flogged you with fail-lures? Have you ever quit doing something because you never get it right? If yes, kindly read through as Fifteen Analogies of Fail-lure will give you deep insight and a change of perspective about failure.

  • Fail-lure is a tortoise – a trickster to be precise; it lures you away from what you are after. But your ability to resist or outsmart it often leads to greater success.
  • Fail-lure is like a hot coal; until it falls on any part of you, you’ll never realize how dangerous that small red light could be.
  • Fail-lure is like a razor; it cuts our flesh, slicing its way to our inner core. Withstand the pains and the wounded areas will get healed very soon.
  • Fail-lure is like a needle; you will experience pain when it injects itself in you. But your ability to hold the pains will get you cured at the end.
  • Fail-lure is like a pineapple; its body is full of countless ugly thorns that will wound you. But once you are able to pearl those thorns off, you enjoy the sweetness thereof.
  • Fail-lure is like just learning to ride a bike. For the first time, you probably will not get it right; you may swerve a little to the right, a little to the left… You could fall off and get a few cuts and bruises. Despite all your cuts, you’ll definitely come back until you learn how to ride completely.
  • “Fail-lure is just part of the process, and it’s not just okay; it’s better than okay. God doesn’t want fail-lure to shut us down. God didn’t make it a three-strikes-and-you’re-out sort of thing. It’s more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so we can swing for the fences again. And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups.” – Bob Goff
  • Fail-lure is beautiful; don’t be deceived by her ugly physical oppression. Until you overcome all the sufferings, you will never discover it hides treasure inside of her.
  • Fail-lure is like a hot coffee; immediate taste of it will hurt us severely. While many ends up spilling it out, some drink it, again and again till its hotness don’t hurt them again.
  • Fail-lure is just like a seer; he sees the secret for future success and tries to stop us from reaching for it.
  • “Fail-lure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.” – Truman Capote
  • “Fail-lure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.” – Roy T. Bennett
  • “Fail-lure is constructive feedback that tells you to try a different approach to accomplish what you want.” – Idowu Koyenika
  • Whenever you fail, learn! Fail-lure is a creative teacher; it teaches you a new way to do something.
  • Fail-lure looks just like Goliath; he is tall, dressed in armour with dangerous fighting tools in his hands. Your determination and confidence to face him off will strengthen you kill him anytime he shows up.

Summarily, fail-lure is inevitable in life. The Fifteen Analogies of Fail-lure shows that there are beauty and reward in falling. So, you shouldn’t fail to try again whenever you fail. Those who run away after failing are controlled by common senses – what they perceive, see, feel, and hear tells them to march backward. True defeaters of failure are controlled by an uncommon sense – whatever they experience do not stop to further.

© Fagbohun Joel

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