How Failure Leads To Success
Although failure has so many negative connotations, I will show you how that failure leads to success. It’s not like we intentionally go out there and strive to hit rock bottom and fail over and over again. But isn’t that what happens so many times?
If you think about it, your entire life is filled with failure. That’s why Soichiro Honda once said that “Success is 99% failure.” From the moment you tried to take your first steps, you failed. But obviously you didn’t give up – or you’d be one weird person today still crawling on the ground.
In his book, Nothing To Lose, multimillionaire entrepreneur Ryan Blair even states that: “My best victories were rooted in my greatest mistakes.” The difference is, when he made a mistake, Blair did not sulk in his loss but rather had the mindset to address it, understand it, and turn it around into a success.
Another great book that discusses how failure leads to success is Failing Forward, by John Maxwell. There are many points in this book that I could point out to help you, but for the sake of time I will do just three.
Understanding How Failure Leads To Success
- If You’ve Failed, Are You A Failure? – I don’t believe anyone is a complete failure. The truth is, we’ve all failed at various times and points in our lives. The difference is that some people just take a little bit longer to learn from those failures. And that is okay.
- Have Realistic Expectations – Many set this B.H.A.G (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) and set a goal date and never reach it. The problem isn’t that you failed at reaching the goal, it’s just going to take a little bit longer than desired.
- View Each Failure As An Isolated Incident - Looking at each failure as an isolated incident is huge. If you do this, and correct each incident into a success, those successes will then begin to pile up and allow you to achieve that B.H.A.G within due time.
Even My Failure Leads To Success
Yes, it’s true I have failed as well. And that is a good thing because I’ve learned what not to do and how not to do it. I have failed as an entrepreneur many times. But each of those times I have learned a little bit more about myself and how I can correct my actions.
Over time I have become better at marketing, generating leads, and connecting with people. Those are the core essentials of my business and because of my constant desire to learn from my failures I have been table to turn them into successes.
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