3 Ways Failure Is the Gateway to Success

3 Ways Failure Is the Gateway to Success

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3 Ways Failure Is the Gateway to Success.

Failure is many things.  It does have power, but it can also be defeated; failure leads, failure teaches, failure wants followers and disciples.  Failure is the fruit of a root.  At the root stage, this is a place where failure can be our servant.  When we look back to see the root that brought us the fruit of failure we can learn from the mistakes and continue on our path to success.  I want to show you the 3 ways failure is your gateway to success.  Judging by all witty quotes and conversations about failure on the web et al. it is safe to say that EVERYONE has been a victim, or disciple of failure.  


In this article, which should take about 5 minutes to read, I will show you 3 roots of failure and the corresponding roots of success.  I want to flip these around from being roots to being Gateways.  3 ways failure is the gateway to success.  Perhaps you feel like your failures are giant doors that have been slammed shut in front of you.  Maybe you want to immigrate to a new country where you can realize your dreams of success.  Maybe you want to finally quit smoking, get married, or purchase a house.  The slammed doors are not that at all; they are gateways on the path to your success.

 “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not death.  It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.” – Denis Waitely

 Three Roots of Failure:

3 Ways Failure Is the Gateway to Success.
  1. Being Wrong
  2. Not Starting
  3. No Follow through

Gateway 1: Being Wrong – The Solution: Learning from Mistakes.

We have all been there. The incorrect ones, the mistake makers.  Wow some mistakes can be SO costly. Trying to impress, or, the pride of thinking we know more than we do.  How about the times where we have an idea and we need to see it through to the end only to realize the end result missed the mark and did not please the client or boss.  Take heart in your efforts, but understand that the fruit of your efforts was not what the end user was looking for. Or it didn’t meet their needs.

“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”  –  Ken Robinson


Here are four remedies to being wrong:

  1. Learning.
  2. Asking questions.
  3. Discovering the expectation of clients.
  4. Asking for wisdom  


It takes humility to ask for help.  Humility is also needed to admit that we screwed up and that we need to make amends.  Maybe we need to redo what we worked so hard, and so incorrectly on.  It takes a great deal of strength to stop, turn around, and go back to make the wrong thing right.  When we have fashioned the wrong root, we can learn to create the correct root for the fruit that brings success.  Never be  afraid to ask for help and take notes.

“Plans go awry without Counsel, but in the multitude of counsellors they are established”.    – Proverbs 15:22

Gateway 2: Not Starting – The Solution: Take the First Step.

3 Ways Failure Is the Gateway to Success.

Never be afraid to get up and attempt something you haven’t started before.  We all know those people who want some new condition in life: 

  1. A spouse.
  2. A higher income level.
  3. A newly constructed home.
  4. Start a new business.


These same people talk about wants, but not about working for what they desire.  People see what they want but they don’t realize that what they want requires steps to achieve.  A fellow I appreciate the advice and input from is Doug Addison of In Light Connection he has often advised to just do that one thing every day that will get you closer to your goal.  


I have a friend who recently realized he needed to stop, not starting on his plan to own a home.  He started a second job evenings and weekends because if he doesn’t get going now he’ll still be wishing he had a down payment five years from now.  If you need help with goal setting we have a helpful and downloadable goal setting sheet to help you take those first steps.  If you could make an extra $800.00 to $1,000.00 per month washing dishes, or maybe drop-shipping, would you?  That could be $12,000.00 saved by this time next year.  It all starts with taking the step you didn’t take yesterday, or last week. 

 “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Gateway 3: No Follow through – The Solution: Consistency and Persistence.

“Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”  – Denis Waitley


After you take that first step next comes consistency and persistence.  That first step is like that first pay cheque from your extra job or side hustle sale.  The following deposits are the follow through.  It has been said that entrepreneurs fail on average 2 to 3 times before they succeed with their vision.  There is a helpful article from Forbes.com by Steve Andriole about why Entrepreneurs fail.  


Persistence and consistency are the Life adventurers’ best friends and a powerful tool to combat the No Follow-Through root of failure.  Let us briefly discuss “getting back up for the 3rd time…”.  There are so many of us who have had what seemed like an incredible set back and asked ourselves: “Can I get back up?  Is this the time to throw in the towel?”  Persistence and consistency are like the chaperones on the road to achieving our goals.  They will serve us well as we employ them and take the attitude to stick with the plan.  


Margret Thatcher and Norman Vincent Peale are both credited with the saying: Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.  Set those goals and then work toward those goals.  Quitting smoking? Saving for a down payment? Losing weight?  They are all achievable with the two best friends a goal setter could have, consistency and persistence. 

 “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

We have seen that the three gateways on your path to success and achieving your goals are: 

  1. Learning from mistakes.
  2. Taking the first step.
  3. Consistency and Persistence


These qualities for 3 ways failure is the gateway to success are all actionable.  Our goal setting worksheet can help you and so can those who have gone before you.  I would also be doing you a disservice if I did not mention some great books that can help you on your way.  We have a blog post about that right here.  Also, the Book of Proverbs found in the Holy Bible has a short chapter for each day of the month and many successful people have told me that reading one chapter in Proverbs played a huge role in their success.  


You can recover from those failures of the past, you can get where you want to be.  Yes, it takes work, and as Doug Addison says: “It takes doing one small thing every day to get you on your path to your goals.”  You can achieve what you want.  I believe that by reading this article you have already taken your first step toward what you want.  Feel free to share this post with a friend who needs to get back up, or who needs to see that the slammed door is actually a gateway.  


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Well friends, that is it.  Seize your days, control your ways, and you will succeed.  Thanks for reading.