Have you failed at anything lately? If you have, don’t feel too bad. It simply means you’re normal. The reality is we all strike out every now and then. It doesn’t mean you personally are a failure. Someone once said, “Failure is an event, not a person.” Failure can make us afraid to “go for it” in life. As Pete Wilson says, “Fear sets the boundaries of our lives.” If we’re afraid of heights we’ll stay low. If we’re afraid of the outside, we’ll stay inside. If we won’t fly, we limit how far we’ll travel. And if we’re afraid of failure, we’ll never try anything.
The key is to learn from it. Failure can actually move us farther along sometimes than success. John Maxwell always uses the term “failing forward.” Let your failure teach you and use it as a springboard for future success. If we keep making the same mistakes, then we are not learning the lessons of our failures. But if we learn from them and make the necessary adjustments, then our failure actually becomes for us a win.
Here’s what some famous folks said about failure…
The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. ~William Strong
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas Edison
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby
There is no failure except in no longer trying. ~Elbert Hubbard
Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
Don’t let failure get you down! Let it be your teacher for being the best you can be.