Have you failed before and wished earth could open up and swallow you? I have failed before, so many times. And I have learned a valuable lesson in process.
Failure is a word used to define a stage. It is not a condemnation of character, a permanent condition, or a fatal flaw. It is a judgement about an event. It can happen at any stage in your life, to you and to any one you know.
I believe failure is a benevolent teacher who, if listened to appropriately, will get you back on track.
Some of things that failure will teach you are: 1. Compassion and Humility - Failure strips away your veneer of pretence, leaving you exposed. It reintroduces you to your humanity. And it forces you to reassess your place in universe.
2. Reordering of Priorities - Failure makes you realise you will not live forever. Every setback you experience is a 'little death' that makes you wonder where balance is in your life. Even if this wondering is done 'sotto voce'.
Failure is a turning point that forces you to examine your life. And, it is only then that you can be open to change.
3. Sense of Power - When you have lost money, approval in eyes of others, self-esteem, shelter, and friendship, what kind of power do you have? You have power of your mind, which translate into power to figure out what went wrong and to correct it; power to reinterpert what happened to you and put it in most enabling scenario possible; power to reinvent yourself by reinterpreting your story relabeling yourself, expanding your options, options before you if you choose to see them.