Failure downright sucks. It shakes you to the core, making you feel like your dreams and goals are unobtainable. It has a lot of negative connotations and emotions built up in one little word.

Because the word itself means a lack of success, we automatically view it as the exact opposite of success. Yet, everyone fails sometimes. So does that mean we’re all failures?

Really, failing is an inevitable piece of learning that we all must go through. In our learning, we build up the strength we need to keep pushing on, recognize that we have to try something just a little different or try harder, and attempt to heal our broken egos. We learn that not everything comes easy simply because we have desires.

Instead, failure should be viewed not as the opposite of success but as a bump in the road on our path to success because, in order to say you’ve truly succeeded, you must be at the finish line. But you’re not at the end of the road yet, you’re only just beginning.

You still have a journey ahead, and these five books will help you brush yourself off, pick up the pieces, and trudge on as a stronger, better person than before. This is your chance to learn.

 

1. Success Built To Last by Jerry Porras

From topics relating to living a wholesome and fulfilling life to finding the courage to pursue your passions, and most importantly, how to deal with failure, this book is all about living a life you can be proud of. The advice within is based on the experiences of multiple successful people, and what worked for them.

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2. How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big: Kind Of The Story Of My Life by Scott Adams

Author Scott Adams was the epitome of a failure until he created the world famous and utterly successful Dilbert comic strips. How did he do it? By embracing failure. Even better, Adams acknowledges that there’s no one strategy for success; you have to find the best method for yourself. It’s a great story about how, even if you think you’re a failure, you can always do something great.

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3. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

While this book’s advice is perfect to read after a breakup, it’s also great for all the difficult events life throws our way. Dear Sugar began as an anonymous and trusted advice column at The Rumpus. Now known by her true name, Strayed continues to write encouraging words to empower and motivate her readers.

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4. The Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Living in the now will lead to happiness and enlightenment, which is the entire premise of this book, is a common message in our society. Yet, Tolle opens our eyes to our conscious thoughts and exposes just how much time we spend either dwelling on past events or worrying about the future. Time that could be better spent taking actions to make our dreams a reality.

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5. The Rise: Creativity, The Gift Of Failure, And The Search For Mastery by Sarah Lewis

Targeted toward creative types, this book operates under the premise that failure is not set in stone. Actually, it is a riddle. It’s not about achievements, but the corrections to our failures that propel us forward. It is something to be understood, which is the only true way to achieve success.

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