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When I was in 10th grade, I conducted an experiment with a pendulum in a physics laboratory. As you know, there is a mean position in the centre where the pendulum is stationary. Swing the bob to one side at a certain height and release it. The bob will then swing in a perfect east-west direction.
If I consider the pendulum a metaphor for people, then the mean position refers to the comfort zone where majority of us wants to stay. One swing relates to the height of success which people always aspire to achieve; the other relates to failures which people are often afraid to face head on.
A certain height is not achievable if one does not push oneself hard and learn to accept failures during the pursuit of success. The bigger the quantum of failure, the bigger the margin of success in return.
The reason why most people fail to succeed is because they prefer to stay within their comfort zones. They seek security in life and want to attain more, but with lesser effort. Fear is the most powerful deterrent that keeps a person from achieving his full potential. When success is almost within reach and the fear of failure strikes, they choose to stay in their comfort zones.
Remind yourself that several successful people in history experienced failures first before achieving their dreams. The late Steve Jobs once said in a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, ''I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.'' Only after his return to Apple with such a valuable lesson was he able to create several iconic products.
To achieve your dreams, do not be afraid to fail big, fail early and fail more. This will teach you enormous lessons and lead you to the path of success.
• How you pick yourself up is the real testament of success
• Experiencing multiple failures means that you never gave up
• The more failures you have, the more you learn and succeed
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs and Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company