We all experience failure. It can be embarrassing and painful to experience, so most of us try to avoid it as much as possible. And we especially don’t want to be labeled as a failure. But what is failure exactly? Failure is defined as a lack of success or the inability to meet an expectation. It is, unfortunately, ubiquitous in life.


Here are five most common causes of failure:


Lack of knowledge and skills

One of the keys to success is having the skills and knowledge to accomplish a task. Failing in a certain task may mean that we still need to learn more skills and knowledge in order to produce better results. Therefore, getting the lessons or the practice is essential so you can have better chance of succeeding in the future.


Lack of motivation

Motivation is the driving force behind our actions. If we lack motivation, this may negatively impact our drive to accomplish a task. We often fail because we do not have a strong reason or an underlying purpose in accomplishing a certain goal or objective. It is important to be motivated at all times and put in your best effort in your tasks. This way we have a better chance at succeeding.


Lack of time

Allocating time to do the work is important. Hurrying, because you lack time, can cause us to not focus and not give our best, and we end up failing on our task. Giving more time to our work assures more chances of success. When we manage our time well, we are able to meet deadlines, improve our efficiency, be more productive, and deliver better work—all the ingredients for success.


Lack of support

We need a good social support system to be successful. Failure sometimes happen because we lack support. Our support system is a network of people that we trust and seek guidance. It is usually our family and friends. Our support system will provide the support, help, and encouragement that we need when we are encounter setbacks.


Lack of effort

If we have all the ingredients for success but do not work hard enough to achieve something, then we will fail. After all, “the result you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply,” according to Denis Waitley. So start putting in the highest effort you can and success will naturally follow.


Failure is unavoidable. Here are some encouraging words when we do encounter them:


“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure”. (Bill Gates)


“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again”. (Richard Branson)


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts”. (Winston Churchill)


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”. ( Robert F. Kennedy)


“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal  or greater benefit”. (Napoleon Hill).