Failure is a lesson for the wise and a joke to the foolish
I do advocate for seeing failures as lessons because they truly are. But this shouldn't be mistaken for being oblivious to the areas you still need to work on. In fact, only a foolish person would not think about and weigh the things that led to not succeeding. There is so much value in self-reflection. That is the key to growth. If you have the mindset that you are perfect, everything's good and you don't need to do anything further then you will never move to the next level in any area of your life. May it be professionally or on a personal level. Even though you cannot be excellent in everything, there could be areas you might ask yourself: "Hey, I'm supposed to be good at this, yet it's still not working out. Why?" And this is where the wise are separated from the foolish.
You should always have the mindset of a winner but what do winners do when they fail? They evaluate the things that led to their failure, get up again and either try again by using a different approach or acknowledge that they need to move on to something else. That is key not only to your personal growth but will allow you to step out of the "me"-to the "us"-zone. A position that will also enable you to advise and encourage others. Why do you think many former athletes move on to be coaches or trainers after they retire? Because that gives them the opportunity to pass on the knowledge from the things they learned during their active years. The dos and don'ts for success. They are best qualified to encourage the athletes put under their care because they know what it means to be on the other side - to celebrate a victory and to come back after a loss.
"Like a dog that returns to his vomit Is a fool who repeats his foolishness." PROVERBS 26:11 AMP This Bible verse may sound a bit harsh but perfectly illustrates what happens when you refuse to learn, when you skip the lessons and just go for the exam. You will not only fail but entrap yourself in a vicious cycle of the same mistakes. There is nothing wrong with being honest and admitting that something didn't work out the way you had hoped. On the contrary, it is the best gift you could ever give yourself. This way you will walk through life with open eyes and be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Living in self-denial is one of the worst ways to approach things because you will never tap into your full potential. Simply because you wouldn't even know where to start to make improvements since in your mind everything is perfect. So, to those who want to leave foolish things behind to step into the realm of wisdom and live life to the fullest: Never stop learning and growing! True victory is knowing when you have failed and finding a way to turn that failure into a victory.