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Failure is the stepping stone and everyone stumbles in the path of success and nobody is perfect.

The exceptions are those failures that becomes the stepping stone to later success and that is the case with Thomas A Edison whose most memorable invention was the light bulb which purportedly took him 1000 tries before he developed a successful prototype. “How did it feel to fail thousand times?”, a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with a 1000 steps.”

Unlike Edison, many of us avoid the prospect of failure. We get so focused on not failing that we forget to aim for success, settling instead for a life of mediocrity. Practice makes a man perfect. Success comes through rapidly fixing our mistakes rather than getting things right at first time.”

Only if you try, will you be able to learn and correct your mistakes and improve. Don’t ever get disheartened or discouraged after a failure. Be determined. It is never too late to achieve success.

How do you achieve success?

Step 1- Dream it, don’t let negative thinking discourage you.

Step 2- Believe in yourself

Step 3- Say it

Step 4- The most important of all; ” PLANNING”

Success is a planned event. A plan makes everything easier and systematic. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Make posters and stick them on the walls of your room or wherever your eye falls a lot so that you keep seeing your goal.

Step 5- Work it

Your short-term task × time= long term accomplishments

If you work on it each day eventually you will achieve your dreams. Would you like us to give you a formula for success? It is quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success, but it isn’t at all. Go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can, because remember that’s where you will find success.

“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it”.


By Ananyaa Ramesh and Shruti Nigam, Class 10

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Success is Not Built on Success, it is Built on Failure, it is Built on Frustration and Sometimes it is Built on Catastrophe