This is one question that has hounded the human race since time immemorial. Failure is the stepping stone to success and other clich'd phrases may strive to motivate failures, with little avail. True motivation comes from within. The spirit within each individual which rises in moments of extreme crisis brings about the turning point. As one turns inward, the true Will to succeed makes him or her see the truth in the right perspective. One may say that wisdom dawns upon them.
Every challenging situation from then on is greeted by the person with equal fervor as a smooth sailing life. And often, if one observes closely, such people hardly have a 'smooth sailing' life.
Take for instance the lives of most saints of the past. They have had more difficulties and faced tougher times than most common people of the day. They knew the tact of maintaining a smile on their faces, spreading good cheer and joy to their fellow men, even in times of the worst crisis. It is not easy. It is very difficult, to achieve such freedom, one has to transcend the realms of humankind and explore the depths of the divinity within us.
That is the key, one which opens the doors to an inimitable life. Life then becomes easy. No difficulty is big enough. Nothing can then shatter such men and women, for they cease to be 'human' they become God in their own right. They manifest the Highest One, latent in them all the while. Hard core 'scientific' thinkers may find it difficult to believe this, but it is true. There are achievers who may not believe in God, and may take pride in 'their' achievements, little realizing that they are 'His' achievements. Unless and until this truth dawns upon an individual, he or she cannot lead a fulfilled life. This is essential, believe it or not. If you believe it willingly, your victory comes easy. If not, you will be led to believe it someday. The choice is yours.
It is commonly believed that faith in God makes one fatalistic. But this is the most erroneous thought and one of the basic attributes of failure. In fact, firm faith in the God WITHIN can and does liberate an individual thoroughly. It then simply remains how one allows Him to manifest through him or her. Nothing can stop an individual once this feeling sinks deep in his whole being. Failures become a thing of the past. Doors to every success open as if automatically.
To all those 'struggling' with life, the only answer is take some time off and look WITHIN with closed eyes. Allow your 'inner self' to take charge and surrender your exterior or gross self to it and watch the magic unfold'