Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Successful Failure

Rabbi Raymond Beyda

SUCCESSFUL FAILURE

Rabbi Akiva Tatz says, "There is no intrinsic good or bad in this world. It all depends on how you use something." Many of the things that we look at as intrinsically bad have a side that is really good. Even failing can be positive.

In order to grow and reach new heights Hashem confronts the human being with obstacles and tests. He does not do it to find out what you are going to do in the test situation --He already knows that. The test is an opportunity to grow from the situation--and even failure presents a positive side. If you analyze your defeat you can usually discover a positive learning experience.

Rabbi Tatz adds, "It is not so much what failure does to people as what people do with the events which they perceive as failures." After a fall it is best to say, "I can be successful in the future regardless of what has happened in the past." As King David sang in the Tehillim [Psalms 20:9] "They slumped and then fell, and we stood and we were strengthened!"

Today when you get hit with something that you see as failure--stop. Say to yourself "I am certainly disappointed that I did not succeed, but the wisdom I have gained from past experiences which I also thought were failures but which turned out to be o.k. makes me feel that perhaps even now I am misinterpreting these events. In the end it will all work out and I will be a better performer going forward." It only takes a minute --but it will put a positive spin on everything that happens and make things brighter for the new stronger you.


Text Copyright © 2004 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON VAESCHANAN AND TU BEAV:

View Complete List

No Joke
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Command of Love
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Poor Man Fled
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

How Wise We Would Be
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Your Appointed Portion
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

Cause Hashem to Be Loved By Others
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

ArtScroll

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Getting Our (National) Act Together
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Facing the Challenge
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Wiser We Will Be
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

A Different Light
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

For The Very First Time
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

> How Ironic
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Loving G-d
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Killer Torah
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Seeing the Blessing
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information