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Failing is inevitable. The more you try, the more you will fail. The more often you fail, the more lessons you will take away. The more you learn from those lessons, you quickly become a better version of yourself.
The important mindset here is that you overcome failure and not let failure overcome you. Rather than letting those failures defeat you, make them valuable lessons or “steppingstones” to your success down the road.
Thomas Edison shared that mastering the invention of the light bulb took him 1,000 tries before he was successful. A reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison profoundly responded, “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Unlike Thomas Edison, the majority of humans shy away from the potential of failing. Failure, however, is not avoidable. It is human nature to fail and will happen sooner or later. You are your biggest critic when it comes to failure. It is objective and you are the only that gets to label your actions as a fail. It is all about your outlook and a paradigm shift is very likely necessary. Finding joy in the journey rather than sadness and a feeling of defeat can make all the difference. Thomas Edison also said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Failure Is Not The Enemy
In his book, Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell talks about how failure is not an enemy.
There are hard, difficult things along the path to success. Failure is not the enemy, but it is the fertilizer. Without “failures” you would not be able to produce an abundant success. He also discusses how society has made failing a stigma, a disgrace, and a shameful thing. However, it is not a stigma; it is courageous. It takes courage to try and to try again. It takes courage to fail and to fail again. Failures on your path to success are not permanent markers but become the pavers to your pathway.
The entire process of succeeding must start with effort and action on your part. Trying again often times can feel intimidating, however, you must feel that fear and try again in spite of the fear. You must experience this part of the journey in order to gain competence. Learn from your mistakes, avoid them in the future, roll up your sleeves and try again. Every misstep along the way is an opportunity to learn, grow and start again. Once you accept this new definition of failure it is then that you are able to move ahead and succeed. You must pay this price of acceptance in order to achieve success.
In order to change your attitude and outlook you need to look inward. Look at the good and the bad within yourself and strive to understand. In order to reach your highest potential, you need to know who you honestly are. Humble yourself, admit your flaws, and own up to what you can do and change. Work to improve your strengths. Maxwell discusses that not pursuing what you want is an issue of motivation and that not achieving it is an issue of persistence. Let your missteps, mistakes, and failures propel you into your next efforts. For the next try could be your success.