Why failure is needed for success

I wrote this article for the World Youth Organization a few months ago and I thought it might be worth sharing it here on the Arlix blog as we aim to make further use of it.

Failure is a rather negative topic, but I feel it is something that all of us come across in our day to day lives, especially young people. You might do bad in your exams, you might not to go on a date with that special person you’ve been longing to, it could be a wide variety of things but deep down I feel that failure is needed for success and I’m going to try and show you why.

1. Mistakes are often the best lessons
Failure can be due to chance, like losing the lottery, but normally that failure that matters the most are the ones that come from mistakes or decisions.

I’ve had a lot of failure from mistakes whether it’s been with friendships or just poor grades in an exam but I can say that those failures have often shown me where I need to go next and what I need to do, which leads me onto number 2.

2. Failure means can provide answers
Somethings we just don’t know until we try them, failure can often show us when something is for us or not. My parents might cook me something and I may not like it (could be a failure to please), that shows them that I don’t like it and they might know not to cook me that again. Although that is a very minor example, you can put that on a lot bigger scale.

3. Failure can make you strive to do better
We’ve all felt angry at some point in our lives… Often we don’t like to accept failure, and that’s a good thing because it inspires us to do better and to work harder.

Big names in business for example have all failed before they succeeded, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Henry Ford, all experienced their share and that only inspired them to try even harder, and when they did they succeeded.

4. Failure provides you the best chance of success
This might sound a little weird but research by Stanford University showed that those who are at the top of their field have failed a lot. Failure gives you knowledge and knowledge is power. The more you know, the more of an edge you have over someone else.

I hope these thing might’ve brightened up your day, especially if you’ve recently experienced failure. Remember that many paths to success will go through it, and a saying I really like is: If you never fail, you will never succeed.

Learn+ – The future of learning online

We have not released a product for quite a while now and you are probably all wondering what has happened but we are still here and we are still doing stuff!

You might know of Leach (its codename), that is now becoming Learn+.

The concept

Have you ever woken up and wished you could do something?

Learn+ aims to be a service in which you can learn (almost) anything, from dancing, DJing, coding, writing, poetry, maths, engineering, quantum physics and everything else, the aim is that anyone could put a course about what they know on Learn+ and anyone with internet anywhere could learn that course!

We also wanted to make learning a much more social experience (a bit like real school) so want users who are interested in the same sort of things. There are also chat and shoutbox features on he courses you can ask for help if you don’t get something in the course or make new friends with people all across the world!

Will it be as good as it sounds?

Any investor has to bare that question in their mind every time the go on a venture. Personally, I think this could work, it is hard building it and it takes time, patience and money but it will pay off.

I think one of the biggest things that a user will bare in mind when trying Learn+ is the user experience so we have attempted to make an extraordinary design for Learn+.

You can also help us with this by crowdfunding this when it is available.


That is a big question. If you are lucky enough to gain early access then you can probably do so in Autumn and if you are anyone else then the end of the year is our best estimate.


We hope to release Learn+ on the web but also as a mobile app. We are even building an API so anyone can use certain instances of Learn+


We hope you will enjoy this amazing product!


Alex Choi