Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.” – quote found here. Thomas failed so learn from him and fail your way to success just like he did.
Everyone fears failing. It’s not an easy fear to overcome especially if it’s something you care deeply about. However, this is the one crucial fear is holding most everyone back. This fear makes us:
- Makes us not take chances. If you stay in a state where you do not try or take chances, you cannot fail. Sure, you avoid the pain of not failing, but you will never taste success because you never tried.
The secret is…
Learn how to fail… Learn to fail gracefully, like it, take joy in it, welcome failure with wide open arms, hug it, kiss it, make it your best friend. Especially for the items you want to get better at. To do this, you need to stop taking yourself so seriously. Failure is an absolute essential quality for success. There’s no way getting around it. So face it, and get over it. Once you fail, you are one step closer to the solution that will succeed. From there you must learn from your failures, adjust, and then try again – rinse and repeat. If you can master the art of failing, you are light years beyond everyone else! So learn how to fail and fail yourself to success.
Michael Jordan said it best, ” I fail over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
Author Truman Capote once put it, “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Wayne Gretzky also had a good line, “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”