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2 Things I’ve Learned about Failure

By September 10, 2013Encouragement, Life Plan


It won’t break you –

Unless you allow it to do so. You may feel it has, but failure doesn’t have to define you. The choice of how you respond to failure is always up to you.

It might just make you –

You will learn more from failure than from everything going right for you. Guaranteed. Every time. I promise. The best principles I’ve learned in life came from times of failure in my life.

What have you learned about failure?

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  • Becky Lowery says:

    One thing I keep telling myself and others is that sometimes we don't know the right thing to do until we do the wrong thing first, then we will know the right thing to do. I learned this week, though that it still hurts but now I know what not to do and how to do this particular thing the "right" way.

  • RockieSue says:

    Brother Ron, my name is RockieSue and II was a pastor's wife for 30 years. My husband and I were also church planters for several years in the state of Florida. My husband, Lane, has recently retired, but my ministry is now encouraging and helping others still working in the ministry. My book, It's Hard to Drain the Swamp When Yer up to Yer Ears in Alligators! was written for this precise purpose as well as to teach church members how to better support their pastors. I'm currently maintaining a blog to help assist with this purpose. I'm contacting you because I have really enjoyed reading your articles. Let me encourage you to take a look at my site and check out my ministry. With our goals so closely related, I would love to be a guest blogger on your site. My material can be found at

  • Andrew Freed says:

    Failure taught me that the things that really matters don't change.

  • Angelina Bob says:

    Thanks a million for sharing these moral-boosting lines with people like me…!!!

  • pgowesky says:

    I agree. Failure might just make you. More often than not, failure is something that pushes me to move forward. To figure out why that particular thing didn't work and to get back up on the horse and try again. Failure also keeps me humble and reminds me that I am not God's gift to the world, His Son was. Always healthy to get one of those reminders from time to time.