Perceive Without Quitting: Understanding Failure as a Step Before Success

Success is often seen as the ultimate goal, the pinnacle of our achievements. We strive for it, work towards it, and celebrate it when we reach it. But what about failure? We tend to see it as the opposite of success, something to avoid at all costs. But what if I told you that failure is actually a step before success? That it can be a valuable learning experience that propels you forward towards your goals? In this blog post, we’ll explore the idea that failure is not something to fear, but something to embrace and learn from.

Firstly, let’s define failure. Failure is simply not achieving the desired outcome. It’s important to note that failure is not a reflection of your worth as a person. We all fail at some point in our lives, and it’s how we respond to failure that makes all the difference. The fear of failure can be paralyzing, but if we shift our mindset and see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, we can use it to our advantage.

One of the greatest benefits of failure is that it teaches us resilience. When we fail, we experience disappointment, frustration, and even embarrassment. But if we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep going, we become more resilient. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and keep moving forward. It’s an essential quality for success in any area of life, and failure can help us develop it.

Another benefit of failure is that it can lead to creativity and innovation. When we’re faced with a challenge and our first attempt fails, we’re forced to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. This process of trial and error can lead to breakthroughs and new discoveries. Many of the world’s greatest inventors and innovators experienced failure before achieving success.

Lastly, failure can teach us important lessons. When we fail, we have the opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and how we can do better next time. This process of self-reflection and learning is crucial for personal growth and development. It allows us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and work on improving ourselves.

In conclusion, failure is not something to fear or avoid, but something to embrace and learn from. It can teach us resilience, lead to creativity and innovation, and help us learn important lessons. Remember that failure is a step before success, and don’t give up on your goals just because you experience setbacks. Persevere, learn from your failures, and keep moving forward. With this mindset, you’ll be well on your way to achieving success


The Power of Persistence: How Embracing Failure Can Lead to Success

If you want to be rich, never give up. These words may sound cliché, but they hold a lot of truth. Many people start on the path to wealth with a lot of enthusiasm, only to give up when the going gets tough. However, if you have persistence, you will come out ahead of most people. More importantly, you will learn.

It is important to understand that failure is not a sign of weakness or incompetence. It is simply an indication that you have not learned enough. When you do something and fail, it is not the end of the world. You can use that experience to learn and grow, and do it differently the next time around.

The most successful people in the world have failed countless times before achieving their goals. It is through failure that they have learned valuable lessons that have helped them succeed. So, if you want to be rich, don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is your friend.

Persistence is key when it comes to achieving success. You need to have the courage to keep going even when things seem impossible. This requires a lot of mental and emotional strength. But, if you are determined and persistent, you will eventually achieve your goals.

It is important to note that success does not come overnight. It takes time and effort to achieve success. So, be patient and keep working hard. It may take years, but if you keep at it, you will eventually achieve your goals.

In conclusion, if you want to be rich, never give up. Be persistent, learn from your failures, and keep working hard. Remember, failure is not a sign of weakness, but an opportunity to learn and grow. With persistence and hard work, you will eventually achieve your goals and become successful

The Stigma of Failure: Society’s Treatment of Those Who Have Fallen Short

Failure is not inherently a dogma, but it can often be perceived as such in certain societies or cultural contexts. This is because success is often highly valued and celebrated, while failure is seen as a negative outcome. As a result, people who fail to achieve their goals or experience setbacks may be stigmatized or treated poorly by others.

However, it’s important to recognize that failure is a natural part of life and can actually be a valuable learning experience. Many successful individuals have experienced multiple failures before ultimately achieving their goals. Therefore, it’s important to not view failure as a defining characteristic of a person, but rather as a temporary setback that can be overcome.

The way that failed people are treated by society can vary depending on the culture and context. In some cases, they may be looked down upon or criticized, while in other cases, they may be supported and encouraged to try again. It’s important to create a culture that celebrates effort, growth, and resilience, rather than one that stigmatizes failure. This can create a more supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel safe to take risks and learn from their mistakes.

A book I can read again and again without getting bored…..

It is after reading this book my life got transformed… It was during 2004 I got this book and finished reading it at one go… 

My Situation: My company was in near disaster when 35 out of 40 of my staff resigned in less than 2 weeks..

That was the first time I came across an attrition and I was almost collapsed… I got convinced that my four year entrepreneur journey has come to an end..

It was after reading this book that I got the confidence to fight back… The book taught me how to approach failure… My entire perception about failure changed and I stared looking for opportunity and lessons from every failure…

The book talks about ways of turning setbacks to success and it is conveyed with 27 real life cases..

I keep reading this book when ever I feel demotivated… Till now I would have read this book more than 50 times and I keep gifting this book to entrepreneur friends…

A small snippet about Failure from the book;
Old Definition:A negative, fatal, and final result indicating: 

  • An inability to perform and a lack of success 
  • A falling short because of ineptness, deficiency, or negligence 
  • A bad, bad thing that should be avoided, mourned, and punished. 

New Definition: A short-term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides: 

  • A stepping-stone to success 
  • An opportunity for learning and development 
  • An opportunity for creative change and innovation.

Finally I’ve to thank the author Charles Manz for giving us such a wonderful book.. Your book had huge impact on me SIR!!!

Thank You Once Again SIR!!!

Criticising an entrepreneur yields empty reaction!!! Babeeee!!!!!! 

Today I’ve been criticised for a lot of my decisions and for the not soo favourable  results!!!

Criticism One

I purchased our car from a different dealer instead of the dealer you have recommended!!!

The result is the car stopped abruptly while driving!!! It took 5 breakdowns & a year to fix the issue, of which couple of breakdowns have been charged by the dealer!!

Criticism Two

I didn’t do a proper due diligance while applying for a home loan!!! This inspite of you telling not to go with a particular bank!!!

Criticism Three

I ventured into Cinema Production against your wish and against your warning!!! Eventually the movie flopped and it was a bomb in the box office!!!

Criticism Four

I’m working on the Coffee Shop project again in spite of your concerns for availibility of time to manage it!!!

Though I’ve my own reasons and explanation for all the criticism, I don’t want to make it a normal affair by justifying my decisions!!!

Let me confess that;

  • I’ve taken wrong decisions, but I progressed in some direction instead of doing nothing!!!
  • failed, but I learned my lessons!!!
  • I risked, after all life without risk is a dream!!!
  • I over-stretched, if not how can I push myself to excellence!!!

Also I’d like to remind you a point… Never criticise an entrepreneur… It will only make his resolve and perceivarance more stronger!!!

Please do understand that “Ship is safe on the shores, but it is not built for that”!!

Likewise an entrepreneur is safe doing nothing, but their genes are not tuned for that!!!

But I’d like to thank you for kindling my resolve to succeed against the odds!!!

Let me close it with my favourite number from Akon!!!

As life goes on I’m starting to learn more and more about responsibility
And I realize everything I do is affecting the people around me
So I want to take this time out to apologize for things that I’ve done
And things that haven’t occurred yet
And the things they don’t want to take responsibility for

You can put the blame on me
Said you can put the blame on me
You can put the blame on me

My Business Ventures and Failed Venture Lessons

I started as a freelance at the age if 18 and evolved as an entrepreneur from the age of 20… In last 13 years I’ve had my hand on couple of ventures…

FreeLancer: Between 1998 – 2000 I’ve been a freelance and I’ve been into web design and manpower consultancy…

Agriya: This was my first entrepreneurship venture… Agriya was a Web Services company… I learned the nuances of entrepreneurship… I’ve been a part of this company for 8 years and it was a #success…

Distributor Of a Pharma Product: Invested in this venture to help my friend and I had no earlier experience on the domain… This venture was a #failure…

People Justice: Invested and Operated a fortnightly Tamil Magazine which is into investigative journalism… Learned the nuances of the business where I came to know the types of printing, selecting paper, networking with journalist, editorial, layout design, proof reading and distribution…This venture can also be considered #failure… But still we occasionally keep releasing the issue…

Real Estate Venture: Tried my hands on Real Estate which has created a lot of millions in India… Unfortunately this venture is also a #failure…

Cogzidel Technologies: Cogzidel is a Web, Mobile & Social Media services company… I’m a part of this company for last four and half years…

Cogzidel Consultancy Services: CCS is an accounting and business services company… I’m a part of this company for last four and half years…

In all my #failed ventures I was an investor and I invested to help a friend of mine to settle down… Though I learned from those ventures my main take away is;

– Don’t invest if there is no investment from other partner…
– Don’t invest until the person requesting investment does a business plan and show you some commitment…
– Make tough things in written (agreement) and especially make exit difficult for the person…
– Never invest to help someone… If they give-up you loose your money and the purpose of gesture gets defeated…