10 reasons why people fail

There are more than 500,000 books that talk about failure and successes; in Nigeria alone, there are 12,000+ motivational books written by Nigerians and another 5,000 motivational books written by foreign authors. Of all these figures, 1 out of 10 young undergraduates has read at least 5 pages of a motivational book.

Why then do we still have a lot of people struggling to be the version they dreamt of becoming? Expectations and hopes have been dashed all due to the menace of failure. Many are scared to try new thing all because they hate the taste of defeat and failure.

10 Reasons Why People Fail 

With this article, you will get insights on why people fail and what you can do to succeed.

  1. Low self-esteem

Self-esteem is essentially your self-worth, it’s your value. It’s a reflection of how much you appreciate and like yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself who will? Your confidence will reflect on whether you have low self-esteem or high self-esteem.

Failure starts from the way we value ourselves, let assume there is an interview, someone who confidently states his or her career objective regardless of the calibre of interviewers will most likely get the job over someone who does not possess the quality.

High self-esteem puts you in a good pedestal for success. A lot of successful people would say they have achieved what they achieve because they believed in themselves and the God factor.

  1. Lack of Knowledge

Knowledge is power, how you use it will determine how successful you become, i.e the application of knowledge is key to success. For anyone to be successful, he or she needs to, first of all, have the requisite knowledge to excel in the discipline.

Many people would have loved to fly an aeroplane, but for lack of knowledge/skill, the same goes for the job of medical doctors. If you want to be successful in anything you set your mind to do, you need to take your time to get an understanding of how it works by learning and practice.

A process that requires about 6 steps, can be shortened to 2 steps if one has advanced knowledge, little wonder we have such an astronomic advancement in technology in the last decade! These successes wouldn’t have been achieved without the efforts of some innovators to harness their skills.

  1. The Mindset 

Mindsets are a set of assumptions, methods or notion held by individuals. There are two ways to look at the mindset; we have the growth mindset and the fixed mindset, a person with a fixed mindset, sees a situation and doubts his or her ability to accomplish a task, while someone with a growth mindset see a situation and believes he or she can accomplish the task with dedication. A person with a fixed mindset is scared to fail, but the growth mindset sees possibilities in a task that seems impossible.

There is no testimony without a test; one must have been able to overcome an obstacle to become a victor. Most people fail because they have already failed in their minds; the mind is what defines us as individuals.

This is not to say, we won’t experience failure at some point in our lives, but how we rise above our failures is what makes us truly successful.

  1. Poor Communication

Communication is the interaction between two or more people; for a communication to be effective both the sender of the message and the receiver of the message must be able to understand each other, otherwise, communication is deemed to be poor or to have not been made.

Many people fail because they were unable to understand what the person sending the message was trying to say. People also fail because the sender of the message is not communicating properly, or not speaking the language they understand.

  1. Fear of Failure

No one is alien to failure, we have all made mistakes at one point in our lives, for most successful people, lesson learnt from past failures have helped them to get it right where it matters most. The fear of failure makes you undermine your ability to get it right no matter how easy to might seem.

Failure doesn’t mean you don’t know how to get things done; you can be equipped with all the requisite skill and knowledge and still end of up failing when you get overbore by anxiety, low self-confidence and undue pressure for perfection.

The solution to the fear of failure lies with you as a person; you need to, first of all, redefine what failure is to you. See failure as a catalyst for success, rather than an inhibitor of success.

To be continued…

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