Regaining Confidence after Failure

Medical Students life is not any short of hassle and obstacles. And these hurdles come in many forms. In form of Failure, Depression, Suffocation , Regret and Detachment from Social life. But its the Determination that eventually heals all these and makes thing right as long as you want to give yourself a chance.

“Failure ” I stress upon ” Failure” must not be a cause of another failure. Failure is a part of life, we have to learn to cope with it , learn from mistakes and give life a better stand in upcoming challenges. I’m not trying to take failure lightly, but instances when it couldn’t be avoided, failure in exams should not cost you another.

“Failing in Exams in Bachelors and Masters is common and it doesn’t matter later, if you can pick yourself back into the right tract. Certificates and Medals alone don’t make a Good Doctor, A good doctor is born  out of Hardwork, Dedication, love for this Profession, Patient care, Skill, Communication and importantly your power of Decision Making.

Exams are part of Medical students life and are a very frequent part. Students work hard but still success may not be on their part for many reasons.

” A child falls numerous time when it learns to walk, falling is never a cause of giving up, he stands and walks again and again, till he learns walking perfectly. The confident man or woman it later becomes comes out of what he/she has learned and from mistakes that has been corrected.”

This applies in everything else. So if you look back into history The Greatest People have failed initially and the were great because they could correct their mistakes.

Albert Eiestein was poor at maths but later developed priciples that rocked the foundation of Physics.

Charles Darwin: In his early years, Darwin gave up on having a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. Darwin himself wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.” Perhaps they judged too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies.

Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.

List of people joins the people who met success after failing.

  • Billionaires: 25
  • Millionaires: uncounted
  • U.S. Presidents: 8
  • Astronauts: 1 (Valentina Tereshkova)
  • Nobel Prize Winners: 10 (6 Literature, 2 Peace, 1 Physics, 1 Chemistry)
  • Nobel Prize Nominees: 11 (includes above and Heather Mills)
  • Olympic Medal Winners: 8 (7 Gold Medalists, one Silver Medalist)
  • Oscar Winners: 62
  • Oscar Nominees: 104 (includes above)
  • Other Award Winners: uncounted
  • Best-Selling Authors: 55
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients (U.S.’s highest civilian honor): 14
  • Congressional Gold Medal recipients (U.S.): 12
  • United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors: 2 (Roger Moore, Angelina Jolie)
  • Knighthoods: 27
  • Damehoods: 3


What I mean is students should not get disheartened by Failing in Exams and completely lose all Hope. I know its a hard thing to cope, specially when you have to lag behind your friends, but this is real life. You have to face unforeseen problems.Failing may be out of Under-preparation, Anxiety or Nervousness or many times of Sheer luck.  Keeping all the Negative Aspects aside and those Inspirational People in front of you, Give it another shot and this time you wont fail.

Good preparation for Exams doesn’t mean ust Studying hard. You have to Broaden your thinking and look at all aspects. 

  1. Is it the Handwriting?
  2. Is it my way of Presentation?
  3. Is it my speed that cause me miss question?
  4. Is it my hastiness or Nervousness ?
  5. Is it my lack of preparation?
  6. Is it a particular subject that’s difficult for me?
  7. Is it the Viva where I become dumb?
  8. Is it my behaviour and puctuality in lectures ( Impression) ?
  9. Did I argue with my Professors?
  10. Was it the luck playing hard on me?

All these matter, and if you can localize on your short coming, you can find a solution as well. As a part of it, I leave it to yourself to solve the problem, when you can make a comeback , I promise your Confidence will make its Comeback as well.

 Authors words: This article in no way intends to Underestimate the pain and hardship a Medical students has to go through when they can’t find success in exams. I understand it, myself being a Medical student, I’m well aware about it. But I also have seen such strong people who never gave up and cameback each time Stronger than before. I salute them. This Article is intended to inspire those who really needed it. Hope it helped you.

  1. November 19, 2011
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  3. September 1, 2012
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  5. August 27, 2014
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    • March 10, 2015
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    • March 18, 2015
    • March 28, 2015
  8. April 15, 2015
    • April 19, 2015
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  10. May 19, 2015
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  13. February 23, 2016
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