We frequently perceived failure as an obstacle, that we are somehow off course in our pursuit of success. But in reality, failure can serve as a stepping stone to success. Remember that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

In order to use failure as a leverage for success, we need to change our perspective on failure and setbacks. Here are ways that will help you do just that:


  1. Change your understanding on what failure is.

When you alter your understanding on what failure, you can start using it as a leverage for success. Failure is not an endpoint; it is a starting point where you begin to learn, adapt, and adjust. There are always lessons embedded in failures. Our job is to figure them out, learn from it, and use it to propel us to success.

  1. Reflect on your setbacks and learn from it.

Setbacks as learning opportunities. To learn its valuable lessons, we need to take the time to reflect on them. Identify and understand the mistakes that may have contributed to the setback. When you come to an understanding of what contributed to the setback, you are in a better position to make better decisions the next time. There are valuable insights you can gather and learn from your setbacks. Use them to increase your chances of success.

  1. Adopt a growth-oriented mentality.

When we adopt a growth mindset, we view setbacks positively. We are encouraged to tackle challenges, and we not get discouraged when we encounter them. We become resilient, and we rebound from failures faster.

  1. Establish a support system.

A support system is critical for one to have, so establish a network of family members, friends, colleagues, and mentors that you can lean on when setbacks do happen. They can provide you support and give you encouragement and sound advice.

  1. Celebrate small victories.

Getting back on your feet after a setback is a gradual process. Recognizing and acknowledging that you are moving forward even if they tiny victories bolsters your self-confidence. So celebrate your small victories and remind yourself that setbacks are temporary and surmountable.

  1. Be kind to yourself.

When you fail, forgiving yourself is essential to moving forward. You need to accept your shortcomings and give yourself a break. Remind yourself that failure is part of life and that everybody makes mistakes. Be kind to yourself and be self-compassionate. This will make you more stronger and resilient to the face the present setback as well as the future ones.




Failure is an integral part of growth. Do not fear failure, instead welcome them. They are there for a purpose: to make a better person. Do not evade them as they are great learning opportunities that will propel you to greater heights of success.