March 15th, 2007

Failure

This is the second time today that I have heard something about failure. That being an odd topic to hear twice in one day, I decided to share it.

The first was on the radio as I was going to work. A speaker on the radio show pointed out that people don't plan on failure, failure happens because people fail to plan.

I thought that was quite true and accurate, the same with the reading below. Success is built on attempts that didn't go quite right the first time, but the person didn't give up. Maybe they learned to plan.


Fail forward

Failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is an important component of success.

Suppose you set an objective, take action, and then fail to reach that objective on the first attempt. Even though you have experienced a failure, you're in much better shape than you were before you started.

Because you've just learned, in a compelling and meaningful way, what doesn't work. And that puts you well on the way to finding what does work. The greatest achievements of all time are built upon multiple failures. The greatest achievers are those who are willing to experience failure on their way to the success they know will most certainly come.

No one sets out with the intention of failing. Yet when failure comes, it is nothing to be ashamed of, and no reason to give up. Learn to see failure as just another step in the process of success. And even when the failures come, they will serve to move you forward.

-- Ralph Marston