My spiritual master used to say that it is a principle that failure is the pillar of success. But it can be applied to our spiritual lives. One very famous speaker has said that

“Success is going from failure to failure to failure, without losing ones enthusiasm.”

We really never fail until we give up trying; trying, with determination and with enthusiasm.

Vision means to see the invisible, to feel the intangible and to achieve the impossible. Actually challenges or failures can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks on the road to success. It is all a matter of how we look at it. You can see a glass as half empty, or you can see a glass as half full. One will bring you enthusiasm, the other will bring you

discouragement. We can apply that principle to every aspect of our life. But what is of real importance is to know that we are dong the right thing.

We learn from our mistakes. A mistake is only a mistake if we fail to learn from it. Real leaders make many, many mistakes, but they do not repeat them. They learn from them, they remain enthusiastic; they remain determined for the goal. Actual champions in every situation are always focused on their goals. They make goals; and losers make excuses. Our life is what we make of it. Failure is a very minor stumbling block on the road to success.

Failures build character. Pressure is something, which only comes to one who earns it. We should respect pressures as an honour. We cannot be successful unless we have the courage to fail. And every failure contains the seed of success. To be successful in any venture of life is very difficult. To fail is very easy. It is very difficult to roll a stone to the top of a mountain; it is very easy to push it down. One may learn from our mistakes, one may learn from our failures, we become stronger, we have greater integrity.

Thomas Edison, he tried 8000 various experiments before he finally invented the bulb. Later he was asked about it, his quote was: He wasn’t discouraged by all those 8000 failures. He said I at least I learned what doesn’t work “That is success”

When difficulties, obstacles, pressures and even failures come into our lives, we should always be seeing the invisible, feeling the intangible, so we can achieve the impossible. We may not understand exactly understand why? But if we have faith, if we have hope, we can always be looking at that flower that will grow from this rainstorm. That is the substance of a successful man. Opportunity knocks but most people complain about the noise. We should see an opportunity in every situation; we never really lose until we

stop trying.

It is said that in the darkness a star shines the brightest. A third class man does not even begin to endeavour because he is fearful that he may fail. A second class man endeavours but turns back when faced with obstacles and failures on his path. But the first class man keeps his mind fixed on the goal and does not turn back.