How do you feel about failure? Do you consider it from a negative perspective? Maybe it is something that you really don’t want to associate with? Most people don’t like failure, but there is another way to look at failure and that is by seeing it as something positive. Have you ever thought why failure is good for you?
Failure can be the very thing that stops people from changing their circumstance. In fact 80% of people are so scared of failure that they will not even attempt to do anything different just out of the shear fear of failing. But why is this? When we stop and think about failure properly we learn that failure is one of the main ingredients of what ultimately makes us more successful and that is one reason why failure is good for you.
Whatever we attempt in life, there is always going to be a way that works and a way that doesn’t. I don’t wish to label these different methods as right and wrong, because what is wrong for one person, might actually be the thing that works for someone else. There are so many variables to success that following a blueprint might not always get you the same results. Trying lots of different things is another reason why failure is good for you.
Take for example whether it is the right time, the right market, opportunity, method, or whether you have more or less time than the next person etc.
What we do know however, is that when we persevere, when we persist and never give up, we will always succeed in the end. This shouldn’t be confused with someone that never gives up but constantly changes direction and method and goes round in circles chasing success.
Unfortunately sometimes when someone doesn’t understand the dynamics of the road to success, they will meet with temporary failure and give up, perhaps thinking they are never going to make it, that they are not good enough. But just because you don’t make it first time, doesn’t mean that you are not good enough and it certainly doesn’t mean that you will never make it. All it actually means is that you haven’t found the best method for YOU at this particular moment in TIME!
Once you realize why failure is good for you; here are some things that you can do:
1. Go back and find out where things went wrong.
2. Try it again using a different method
3. Try it again using the same method but with more or less of it
4. Talk to successful people who have achieved what you are trying to do
5. Consider things you may have left out
6. Keep going; keep tweaking until you start to see some success, however little or small.
Here is something to think about, you have never really failed until you accept defeat.
Are you ready to accept defeat?
Do you think these famous people believe in “why failure is good for you”:
Henry Ford: Whilst the Ford Motor Company is known worldwide today. Henry Ford himself wasn’t an instant success. He failed and was left broke no less than 5 times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
Walt Disney: It is hard to believe but Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and good ideas! He started a number of businesses which didn’t last too long, ending in bankruptcy and failure until he found the success that worked. Today, Disney makes billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world.
Albert Einstein: Today the word Einstein is almost synonymous with success, but in his early life he didn’t always show much promise. He did not speak until he was four and his parents believed him to be mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. After being expelled from school he was refused admittance to Zurich Polytechnic. In 1922 he received the Nobel Prize and changed the face of modern physics.
Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.
Steven Spielberg: While today Spielberg’s name is synonymous with big budget, he was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.
Stephen King: The first book by this author, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest (as the say) is history! King now has hundreds of books published and is one of the best-selling authors of all time.
J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be a household name today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of JUST five years, through hard work and determination.
Elvis Presley: As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Elvis has become a household name even years after his death. But back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game; stating:
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
It isn’t a coincidence that ALL these successful people all BECAME successful…they were all FAILURES too! Not just once but many times. Have you had enough failures yet?
I would love to know your thoughts on this and whether you believe failure is good for YOU!
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