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“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan.
The thought of failure incites fear in most people. It can bring back memories of failing a test, a business which folded or maybe even a failed relationship. It was painful and perhaps you believed you weren’t good enough or you felt judged by others.
However, this fear of failure keeps you from taking risks, doing new things and living your life to the fullest.
Great leaders have experienced failures in their pasts, but never quit trying and never gave up. They reach the pinnacles of success by not accepting failure as an option and go on to achieve great things.
Take the story of Thomas Edison, who was one of the most prolific inventors in history (holding over 1000 U.S. patents). He tried thousands of experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.
One of Thomas Edison’s most famous quotes is “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
You can have this same attitude and instead of listening to self-defeating lies and wallowing in regret you can recover quickly and try again.
Easier said than done right? It might help if you changed how you viewed failure. Here are 5 reasons why failure is good and even crucial to your success:
- You learn from mistakes – Failure is one of your best teachers. You learn what works and what doesn’t. There are some insights that can only be gained by experiencing failures and setbacks yourself. Analyze what went wrong and make the necessary adjustments. Failure is an opportunity for growth.
- Failure means you tried – You were courageous enough to try. Be proud of yourself! Even though it didn’t turn out the way you wanted, you were brave enough to take a chance. To get really good at something you have to try and fail a few times, so you’re on your way to success.
- Failure builds character– It takes strength and determination to try again after you’ve failed. You have to dig deep inside to find it, but this is what you need to sustain you in the future. You will be a better person because you failed.
- Future success is more likely – Those at the top of their field are those who have failed the most. The insight and experience you gain puts you at an advantage over others who may have gotten it right the first time. Every failure makes you more and more likely to succeed.
- Failure isn’t the end – At least it’s not the end unless you give up. You can choose to pick yourself up and start again. When one door closes, another one opens. Failure can bring bigger, better opportunities into your life.
In life, sometimes change is necessary to get rid of the old and make way for the new. A perceived failure is only an opportunity for you to go to something better. So fail fast, brush yourself off and try again.
Have you failed at anything? What did you learn?
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