I failed my learner’s licence test twice before getting it. I failed my driving test twice before succeeding. Each time I failed, I cried thinking I was a complete failure. But I didn’t wish it away, I picked myself up and tried again.

Life has never been easy for me. There have been many failures along the way that made me doubt my ability to succeed. Many moments when I questioned God, asking why He’d let me down when I needed Him most.

What failure has taught me?

That I’m not one of those people who soars through life achieving things on their first attempt. I fall, falter, cry, have to work harder to succeed in the simplest of tasks. Every failed attempt is there to teach me a lesson. Perhaps it wasn’t the right time for me or I didn’t want it badly enough.

With every failure, a desperation was born to succeed. To prove I could do it and do it well too. No matter how long it took, I was going to make it. Giving up is not an option. Everything is possible with God on my side and a strong belief I’m meant to achieve greatness like so many of us in the universe.

If you’re going through failure and want to give up?

Don’t. Running away from failure doesn’t solve anything. It makes the fear bigger and stronger. Tackle it head on, with sweaty palms, loss of words, shaky legs – be brave to face it. And even if you fail again – SO WHAT! Try and try again until you get it right. Because the day you succeed will be the most cherished achievement you ever dreamed of. And you’ll come to appreciate that failure is a catalyst to success.



  1. I had to go for my driver’s test so often that I am embarrassed even now, 50 years later, to publicly reveal the details. But I kept on trying, driven by necessity, and succeeded in the end. The old saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.

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