You're a failure.
These three words have the power to send a sickly feeling to the stomach of anyone, no matter how big or tough they may be. It's an especially difficult pill to swallow when you're saying it to yourself.
But, failure is not always so bad - and it's okay to fail sometimes. In fact, in a strange way, failure can be the best thing that happens to a person.
Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons it's okay to fail, sometimes...
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One. Everyone fails, sometimes. You're not alone, and if you live so cautiously that you avoid failure, you're barely living at all.
Two. Failing reveals your weakness and gives you a chance to build upon them.
Three. The act of failure makes you stronger and better equipt to deal with life, in turn helping you on the road to success.
Four. Failure gives you valuable experience and will endow you with more skills and life lessons.
Five. Have you failed at a couple of things? It just means you're taking more risks and giving yourself a greater chance of finding the kind of success that will make you eternally happy. Good for you!
Six. Falling short at something will remind you where and how you need to improve. Well done, you're one step to closer to becoming an expert in your field.
Seven. Sometimes, failure can make us realise we're on the wrong path, creating new and exciting opportunities.
Eight. Every time you fail, you're getting to know yourself a little bit better. Self-discovery is one of the key ingredients to success, so keep on trucking.
Nine. Failing at something gives you the ability to take responsibility for yourself and your actions, meaning you'll end up being a wiser, better-rounded individual.
Ten. As Truman Capote once said, "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour." Yes, failure will make you appreciate success so much more.