What really is Experience, and its importance to Success?


All individuals that achieve success, commit errors, even blunders. Success or failure occurs only when we do something. If we are not making mistakes, we are probably not making anything.

Fearful of failure, most of us dare not do anything. We often forget that, the path to success and happiness always passes through numerous disappointments, setbacks and failures.

It can easily take ten years of hard struggle, mistakes and failures to become an overnight success. It is only he who has known suffering that will know what happiness is, and only the one who has known hate will know the meaning of love.

Fearful and dumbed down by society and circumstances, we often fail to create or do something, different, new or interesting, and miss the possibility to change ourselves, our circumstances and our world in some impactful way.



When we do not learn anything from our encounters with life, can we really call that 'experience'?

Reminds me of an eager young man who wanted to know the secret of a billionaire's success. The billionaire initially declined to meet him because he was a busy man who used very few words. However when the young man persisted, the billionaire consented, provided the interviewer would be brief


"Sir, What is the secret of your success?"

"Two words, Right decisions"

"Sir, how did you learn to make the right decisions?"

"One word, Experience"

"Sir, How did you obtain this experience?"

"Two words, Wrong decisions".


Experience is not the measuring of our lives in years existed, worked, or time spent at tasks. Merely existing without learning, transforming or evolving, means we have not really lived nor experienced.


What can be done by individuals to achieve success?

All primal, or animal action is instinctive, but all intelligent human action is always preceded by a thought process. Thoughts like plants have to be given the opportunity of time and space to flower.

Therefore as I have learnt it is of tremendous value, to do two things.

  1. Set aside time to be alone with oneself in silence for contemplation.

  2. Before retiring each night to briefly review the day's events without judgement nor taking any decisions. This is like watching rapidly a movie. The events as recalled and reviewed get stored in our subconscious, where also lie our true aspirations and desires.


We will soon discover that our understanding and awareness increases. As a result we learn much more and awaken.By and by we will also notice that we are not just existing but experiencing life. We are more easily spurred into action, with greater possibility of achieving success and realising happiness.


Only when we awaken to what happens to us and do something about it, can we claim to have experienced.

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What can organisations to capture experiences and achieve success?

What can an individual do to to experience and realise happiness?

These questions my dear readers are the subjects for other articles.

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