Do read the first post from this series, before reading this one.
Excerpts from the book are in image form, and my insights are in bold, below them.
Failure is difficult to handle, and reading this book in 2018, helped me gain back the confidence I had lost due to all the setbacks I experienced since 2015, both in my personal life as well as my professional life.
Be it failure in an exam, at a job or a business venture, in your relationships, or at anything you do, you need to keep in mind that it's necessary to fail at something in order to get better at it.
The failure/success paradox :
Since childhood we have been taught about how successful people alone make it in life, and how failing should be avoided at all costs. We were never taught how to cope with failure, which I feel is the biggest shortcoming of our education system.
After having my fair share of failures in a professional exam, I can say with full certainty that failure is absolutely necessary for one's personal as well as professional growth. Failure has taught me so much, and although it shattered my confidence in the beginning, it helped me grow into the woman I am proud to be today.
Yes, the shame and embarrassment associated with failure still make me feel extremely low on my bad days, but I wouldn't change a thing. I know that it is all God's plan, and at such times, having faith in myself and in God, has helped me persevere.
Pain is part of the process :
The "do something" principle :
In my post titled 'The 2 Minute Rule & The 5 Second Window', I had written about how introducing new habits in your life is easier when you make them smaller and more achievable. The smaller the goal or the task at hand, the easier it is to maintain consistency.
Note : For a more detailed understanding of the excerpts, do read the book. It’s a brilliant eye-opener!
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Thank you for reading! Stay blessed!