Failure: The Foundation for Success

It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen. At some point failure will come. You may fail a class, fail a grade, not make the team, get fired, have a relationship end, and every other possible way that we can fail, can and will happen. You will fail.

However, failing does not mean that you are a failure. You’re only a failure if you give up. You’re only a failure if your mind has accepted failure. I’m here to tell you that failure is how you build your way to success, is you so choose to.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” —Thomas A. Edison

Learn a Lesson When You Fail

Failure is also known as experience and as growth.  I truly believe that we do not grow without having failed. Here’s the thing, it is possible to fail and not grow from it.  If you do not learn anything from failure, you don’t come away with a lesson or many lessons learned from it, you will continue to make the same mistakes that ultimately result in failure the exact same way you previously had failed.

So, whenever you have failed, learn a lesson.  Learn where you went wrong, what you did wrong and try again.  You may be wrong again, many times over actually, but don’t be wrong about the same thing.  Be wrong because you tried a different method, a different route, a different tool.

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

When you fail, learn from it, don’t give up and continue to press on.  Remember that every failure is an addition to your foundation for success.  Without a sound foundation, your structure will collapse.  Set your foundation, find what works and become successful.

Learn From the Failures of Others

Some lessons cannot be learned without your own experience and failures.  However, you can save yourself a lot of heartache and time learning from the failures of others.  Let others add to your foundation. This is why books, podcasts, seminars, mentors and so many other resources are incredibly valuable.  They lay out the mistakes they made, the failure they experienced and the lessons they learned to find success.

No matter what, you’re going to make mistakes and you will fail.  The goal is minimize the amount of mistakes made and the amount of failures that occur. Go from taking two steps forward and one step back to taking 10, 50, or 100 steps forward and one step back.  Learning from others mistakes and failures is the key to hitting those 100 steps before having that one step back.

Bottom Line

You’re going to fail, but it doesn’t mean you’re a failure.  Failing does not define you. Learn from it, pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and get back to work.  Learn from others mistakes and failures to minimize your own.  Build a strong foundation and your structure for success will be stronger than ever.

—Cruz

 

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