Vocabulary Tricks Part 18: Failures Are the Pillars of Success

Life is not a bed of roses. We have to face obstacles in our lives. Difficulties often obstruct our progress. It is not easy to achieve success. People who keep on striving achieve success.
Failures are invaluable experiences. Failures reveal our weaknesses and guide us for future preparation. They motivate us to put more efforts. Therefore, failures prepare us for the next endeavour.
The one who learns from mistakes always achieve success. We should do the analysis and rectify our mistakes. We should be optimistic as pessimistic people cannot attain success. Pessimism is a stumbling block in our path to success.



Meaning: A thing that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress
Example: The major obstacle to achieving that goal is money.
Synonym: barrier, hurdle, baulk, curb, check


Meaning: Block (an opening, path, road, etc.)
Example: She was obstructing the entrance
Synonym: block up, clog, clog up, barricade


Meaning: Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something
Example: We must strive to secure steady growth.
Synonym: try, aim, attempt, endeavour


Meaning: Extremely useful
Example: This is an invaluable source of information.
Synonym: indispensable, crucial, critical, key


Meaning: Make (previously unknown or secret information) known
Example: She was not ready to reveal the secret.
Synonym: divulge, disclose, tell, let out


Meaning: An attempt to achieve a goal
Example: It is an endeavour to reduce serious injury.
Synonym: attempt, try, bid, effort, trial, venture


Meaning: Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something
Example: She is doing an analysis of popular culture.
Synonym: examination, investigation, inspection, survey, scanning


Meaning: Put right; correct
Example: You should make efforts to rectify the situation.
Synonym: deal with, amend, revise, remedy


Meaning: Hopeful and confident about the future
Example: He was optimistic that he would win a medal.
Synonym: positive, confident, hopeful, sanguine, bullish, buoyant


Meaning: Believe that the worst will happen
Example: She was pessimistic about the prospects.
Synonym: gloomy, negative, defeatist, downbeat


Meaning: Succeed in achieving
Example: He attained the first rank.
Synonym: accomplish, reach, arrive at, grasp

Stumbling block

Meaning: A circumstance that causes difficulty or hesitation
Example: Be careful not to create any unnecessary stumbling blocks.
Synonym: obstacle, hurdle, barrier, bar, hindrance, impediment, handicap

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