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This is Why Failure is Never the End

Welcome to another edition of The Source!!!

The concept of success gets all the limelight, but exploring our lives through the concept of failure can be just as inspirational… if you look at it through a new lens.

These are a few of my favorite quotes about failure. Which one resonates most with you, and why?

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. ―J.K. Rowling

The phoenix must burn to emerge. ―Janet Fitch

I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest. ―John Keats

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ―Thomas A. Edison

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ―Winston S. Churchill

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ―Paulo Coelho

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. ―Theodore Roosevelt

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ―Robert F. Kennedy

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. ―F. Scott Fitzgerald

Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again. ―Henry Ford

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. ―Henry David Thoreau

It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. ―Zig Ziglar

Failure is a powerful lens through which we can reflect, learn and set a new trajectory. We begin failing at lots of things very early in our lives and on a regular basis throughout our journey on this Earth: when we take our first step and fall, when we learn to ride a bike and crash, when our first romantic relationship ends, when we bomb an important test… the list goes on and on.

And although many of these failures cause us pain, anguish or anxiety, we persevere… we stand back up, we get back on, we learn and then we continue on to bigger and better things.

Extraordinary people use failure as a catalyst to grow, and if you’re not failing sometimes, you might not be pushing yourself to become your best version. So this week, reflect on a recent failure… it can be giant or small… but none is insignificant!!!

Ask yourself reflective questions about this failure. Here are some examples:

  • What is my most recent failure?
  • How did it affect me or others?
  • What feelings have come from this?
  • What is the most likely reason I failed?
  • What is the outcome I wanted?
  • Do I still want this outcome?
  • What are three things I’m going to do to begin again?

Now use your answers to create a new trajectory. Leave your thoughts in the comments, or email me at

Keep meditating, and I’ll see you in the gap!!! peace. -d

3 thoughts on “This is Why Failure is Never the End”

  1. Fail brilliantly. I used to diminish my abilities in fear of judgement and lived that way for most of my life. It took meditation and self enrichment to move through pain and frustration so I can live in the realm of possibilities. Thank you Davidji for being a part of my growth.

  2. Thank you so very much for this video blog. The email arrived in my inbox right at the most perfect time. Yesterday I had failed my first attempt on my first assignment for Teaching English as a Foreign Language … although I remain positive about this and see it as another chance to achieve a higher grade than I probably would have got the first time, this video just reiterated to me how it is not so bad to be in a place where things are not going right for you. I have had a tough year, losing my job etc.. but thanks to your audio lessons I have remained calm, peaceful and positive. Being unemployed at the moment has given me the opportunity to achieve the things I really want to happen in my life. Thank you so very much again. Namaste.

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