Formula for success. Tim MansfieldYou may think that failure is the enemy of success, but it is not true.

You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from your mistakes. So go ahead and make as many as you can. Just try to ensure they don’t hurt anyone along the way.

J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter once said “You might never fail on the scale that I did. But it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

Your success in life as well as in work is actually built on your failures. They are the mechanism by which we learn, and they are the stepping stones that will get you to the place you want to be in the future. If you don’t make mistakes (and learn by them) you will find it hard to succeed. To fail is to be human.

Achieving success is not something that happens overnight. You have to work hard at it; you have to have failed many times first, and you have to feel hungry and go through the bad times before it happens.

It is too easy to give up on your dreams when you have failed many times. These failures might include a regrettable comment you made in the office, the day you forgot your wedding anniversary, or the black day that your business collapsed.

So what? Life goes on and you control your own destiny. No one else can do it for you.

People will criticise you along the way, and they will do their best to put you down. Some see failure as a weakness, when in fact it is strength. Ignore them and concentrate on your own dreams and not theirs.

Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”