Failure carries with it a sting that can cut often and deeply. But the thing to remember is failure is not the enemy – it can make you stronger, you can learn invaluable lessons from it, and each failure brings you a step closer to your goal. (Case in point: It reportedly took Thomas Edison 10,000 failed prototypes before he successfully invented the light bulb. When asked by a reporter, “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?” he replied, “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”)
Similarly, failure is not the end. It may be disheartening and it may be discouraging and there might come a time when you feel the weight of so many failures so keenly upon your shoulders that you decide you need to step away for a while, take a break before you burn out with the bitterness of so much disappointment. Step away for a little while if you have to. But remember this is not the end. Square your shoulders and gird your loins, take a deep breath and remember why you began this work in the first place. And then come back to it with fresh new eyes and new hope – and remember, failure, no matter how much it hurts, is just not the end. The end is when success finally comes.