A Message to All from a Filipino - Failures Come But Our Pursuit of Success Should Continue - This 2017!

Failure, more likely, comes into your way this 2016. As tragic as unexpected or as tiny as we hoped, failure - and you would definitely agree with me - is a part of our life.



Do not judge by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
- Nelson Mandela


Failure comes in a variety of ways and depends on how you treat it – big, small, just fine. For most of us, we consider it a failure when: we are unable to get a promotion, there is delay in receiving our bonuses, we suddenly lose our job, we didn’t make it to the leader-board, an unexpected health issue comes, we are unable to pay our debts or a financial issue strikes, one of our family members passed away or got troubled and we are guilty of the negligence (sorry to mention this tragic one), you or your wife filed for a divorce, etc. They’re too many and how I wish none of these (or none at all) became one of your failures.

But still, let me ask you:

What was your biggest failure in life last year? Did you survived it?

Yes, no, on-going, I’m dead on it…whatever that answer is, consider yourself lucky for when failure or obstacle comes your way, success is next.

I failed!

Hard to accept but defeats really happen. Failures often attack hardworking people like you and me. I was unsuccessful (and therefore failed) in a lot ways last year – I got sick and almost died, I sold my car unexpectedly, and sadly, I got no income for almost four months. I got devastated in so many ways – I went broke last 2016. Really painful, hard to swallow, but as they say it, “Life must goes on”. And so do I. I am now back at work and thankful for being still alive. I am to share you my failure story on another post sometime soon.

Friend, if failure came to you too, as a tap on to your shoulder, then let us just accept the fact that we’re both unlucky. But, dearest friend, don’t forget that we need to move on! The great thing is that you and me still have this another chance to get up from where we fall and pursue the elusive success once more. Yes, success can be coveted and who knows, it can be this 2017!

Remember, lots of successful entrepreneurs and now millionaires always say:

“It’s a whole lot of failures before success!”.

Here’s what more exciting now. Despite our failures, we’re still alive. That means we still have the chance to fight and win it - no matter how worst the situation is. Here’s some more words of motivation for you. And please think about them for a minute.

How many companies closed their doors this year? One thousand. Two thousand. Maybe, it’s even more. How many stock traders lose their money this year? Certainly, there is over a thousand pockets that went empty this 2016. How many lose their jobs? How many businessmen and investors went broke? If you would just imagine the intensity of failure that havoc many of us this 2016, it’s as tragic as hell!

Enough of the past. Now, it is for you to mind your strategy, get back into shape and just consider failure a learning experience.

Time to move on! 




I failed. In fact, it is not only this year, even in the past years. But I believe in second chance. I believe that after failures is success for I’ve been into those scary situations in life and I survived them all. Here’s my pieces of advise.

Try the R's Approach

I learned this from Brian Tracy. Why not take this three (3) approach – re-evaluate, re-engineer and re-organize your strategy. I mean, go back to the drawing board and review your plan of actions. Find out why they it didn’t work as planned. Something is wrong, definitely. It could be the tools. It could be the whole system. One way or the other, it could be you – your style, your timing, or maybe your health. Try to figure it out, with caution and intelligence this time around. You can simply go over your list, re-evaluate it and take out the unnecessary. You can even abandon the whole plan and re-engineer everything. Or it could be just putting the right resources to the right place at the right time – for example, that could be the person to whom you delegate the task; and that’s re-organization. Consider that.

Ask for Help and Guidance
In life, business or career, there is always an opportunity coming. This 2017, I’m pretty sure opportunity will knock into your doors. And when it happens, grab it with strategy and avoid failing or do mistakes as much as possible. How? Well, try to consult somebody whom you think can really help you succeed. That could be your best friend, wife, parent, ex-classmate, ex-boss or someone who’s already been into same situation as yours and is willing to help you nail it this time around. You can consult business experts if you may. You can call a life coach, a mentor, a spiritual adviser or a guru. You can even approach your God – talk to him, ask for guidance. But listen. If you still miss the opportunity that second chance is giving you, the next one may take longer to come. So make it sure you’ll win it this time.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13

Wala pang pagsubok na dumating sa inyo na hindi nararanasan ng lahat ng tao. Tapat ang Diyos, at hindi niya ipapahintulot na kayo'y subukin nang higit sa inyong makakaya. Sa halip, pagdating ng pagsubok, bibigyan niya kayo ng lakas upang mapagtagumpayan iyon. - 1 Corinto 10:13


Be the Real You
Finally, your success this 2017 lies on your ability to put everything into their proper places. It’s like executing a magic trick. You can only fool your audience if you deliver the trick the right way (watch Penn and Teller if you like). There are reasons behind our failures, certainly. And it is you, number one, who can identify those reasons before anybody else. What’s next is for you to act. Think of the best decisions. Execute the right actions with full confidence and persistence. If you do that, trust me, you’ll succeed – even if more failures come your way.

It’s 2017. May we find great successes this year!


About this Post
The author, Noriel Panganiban, wants to encourage everyone to fight every battles in life and move on. In the Philippines, every Filipino family experience struggles, hardships and difficulties in life. Many of us happened to embrace failures in life - being poor, being sick, being broke... but the underlying truth behind every failure is that success could be next. We just have to move on - think of ways how we can handle our problems or bad situations and act positively to start a new beginning. No matter what failure you have been into, definitely, there is a way to forget it and move on.

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