Orangeville, ON (James Doan) Some people believe failure is a necessary part of character development. According to them, every successful person has failed at least once in their lives. Therefore, the more failures you suffer, the more you are able to grow.

The above maxims can be found in literally thousands – possibly even hundreds of thousands – of blog posts. Many of these authors then argue the necessity of celebrating failure.

Articles of this type always leave me puzzled. If I hear a friend confess, “I failed” with a sigh, then I have the same reaction. Why would someone agree to label something they did that did not succeed as “failure”?

Suppose you dedicated a great deal of time and effort to writing an article, but no one responded.

Or perhaps you tried everything in a comprehensive marketing plan, but nobody responded.

Feeling disappointed and angry is entirely normal. However, should you consider it a failure? In other words, do you see it as defeat? As a result of your behavior, you have left a stain on your self-esteem that will require some time to heal.

You should observe your behavior and move on to the next stage of your life.

You do not have to suffer from failure. Accept or reject this interpretation as you see fit.