Earlier this month, we talked about how each of us defines success differently. We believe that any discussion of SUCCESS should include a mention or two of FAILURE, so our expert this month reminds us about…
THE NECESSITY OF FAILURE
“If you’re not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
…………………. ~Jim Rohn
Most adults go through life with an almost constant fear of failure. I find that kind of ironic, since failing is most often a prerequisite for eventually becoming successful in any endeavor. It has been long since proven that any individual will develop and grow more rapidly through failed and analyzed ventures, than a string of unexamined successes.
Since the above statement is absolutely true… lets look at the fear side of things.
Failure implies waste, and that nothing has been gained. Only you have the power to allow this to be true. If you perceive your failures to be a loss instead of a gain, then they will be just that. When you realize that to fail is to grow and succeed, then failure will not be so frightening… just a bit awkward, uncomfortable, and frustrating at times.
You may remember that Edison said he would never have invented the light bulb without first failing at 4,000 experiments. People who can’t bear a moment of failure have chosen to destine themselves to a life of mediocrity. They will never decide to push themselves past a point that is uncomfortable or unfamiliar… and it is beyond that point where success and true growth occurs.
Let’s examine some good things about failure:
Humility: Absolutely all of us have had times when our heads have gotten a bit too big for our shoulders. It is through small failures that we are continually brought back to earth and reminded of our humanity and vulnerabilities.
Growth: What we need to realize is that every perceived failure is merely a stepping stone to what will eventually be success in some manner. We cannot help but learn something from our mistakes. It is what we do with that knowledge that determines our next steps. Mistakes and failures are inevitable and even essential because they are evidence of action. Without action there can be no growth.
Inspiration: With each failure we are drawn to reexamine our gameplan and determine what went wrong. When you have the light bulb moment that drives you to try again… you are inspired!
Ask yourself, “When Christopher Columbus made a mistake in his calculations and stumbled across the New World instead of Asia… was he a failure or a success?”
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