Failure is the opposite of success. Despite
the fact that almost everybody wants to succeed and no one wants to fail, many
still end up failing. They fail, not because they are not good enough at what
they do or they did not study enough for exams or they did
not do what they were supposed to do, but because of some other reasons.
It is vital to point out some facts,
especially for those who have experienced failure in different areas, for those on the verge of
experiencing it, and those who will eventually experience it. Just because you
failed doesn’t mean you are a failure! Failure is nothing but an experience you
went through. It is not you, and you are not it. A failure today does not mean
that you will never succeed in that thing. So don’t let failure get you down.
The simple fact that people fail when they don’t want to and when
they don’t need to makes it imperative to identify some things that lead to
failure for us to tackle them,
especially in situations where we have done all to succeed.
Reasons Students Fail
Fear: A student was asked why she failed. She answered, “I failed because
I was afraid.” Somebody once defined fear using the acronym FEAR: False Evidence
Fear is the feeling you get when you think
something bad is going to happen to you. It brings tension, anxiety, and even torment.
It can make you unable to articulate what you already know. It can paralyze you,
because you already expect the worst to happen. It causes you to be against
yourself when nobody is against you.
Fear is capable of truncating your destiny by making you fail even when you are good
enough to pass.
Overconfidence: While fear makes you perform below your capability,
overconfidence, which is an excessive trust that you can do something
successfully, can make you fail also.
When you believe
too much in yourself, you soon begin to underestimate God and others—even those
who are in a position to help you. If you do that, God will no longer be on the
scene in your life. Arrogance will become the norm. You
will not care about other people’s feelings, thereby hurting them even when you
are right. You will become repulsive. Grace will no longer follow you.
And you will do things out of context.
Bad omens: This can
also be referred to as bad luck or bad company. You almost have no control over
this. For example, when the results of a whole class’s exams are withheld because
of cheating, everyone who took it—both those who were involved in the cheating
and those who were innocent—suffer. Little wonder the Bible says, “Be not deceived; evil communications
corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthian 15:33 KJV).
A bad omen
situation is something you don’t see
coming. It just befalls you when you least expect it.
Anxiety: Anxiety can
come upon you when you are worried or uneasy or very eager or in a hurry to
answer a question. You
become nervous and jittery. The problem is that you lose control. You begin to
make unpardonable and unnecessary mistakes—even in a subject area you know
well. You will be perplexed at the sort of errors you make just because of
Lack of composure: The
inability to keep calm is referred to as a lack of composure. It
is the feeling you have when you are upset. You are unable to keep your cool.
While anxiety comes on you during a test because you are in a hurry
to put down what you know, lack of composure often occurs if you don’t plan your work or prepare for an exam. When
you don’t have a worked-out and concise plan for approaching a question or you don’t have enough ideas to develop because
you aren't prepared, your composure diminishes, and your work will be
disorganized. It will portray that you are confused, because it will lack
Lack of concentration: Most students are easily carried
away with what is goings on around them. This causes them to lose focus on their
goals, aims, and aspirations.
During exams, students are often distracted by fellow students who ask
for their assistance. In the process of trying to help, they
abandon their own work. By the time they return to it, their concentration is poor, and they have to try to catch up with
where they left off.
The Perfect Scholar by Jimoh Braimoh (Jr)
This blog post will not be complete without your contribution. Please kindly add any reason why you think some
student fail even when they ought not to.