Failure is such a negative word that it seems strange to suggest that it can be a good thing. How many times have you looked back on your life, thought of mistakes you’ve made, and kicked yourself over them? I know I have. I’ve had many failures in my life. I’ve lost a job - mismanaged my money; had trouble in relationships. But life goes on as it should.
So many people allow failure to hold them back, when in reality failure can be a good thing!
Fear of failure prevents many people from following their dreams or having a go at something new.
Fear of failing is failure in and of itself because it holds back so many would-be success stories.
Zig Ziglar one of the world's most popular motivational speakers. said, “Failure is an event, not a person.”
History shows time and again that the most successful enterprises came from failure.
Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old and couldn’t read until he was seven. He was expelled from school and his teachers described him as “mentally slow, and unsociable.
Sir James Dyson had 5,126 failed prototypes over the course of 15 years before creating the best-selling bagless vacuum cleaner that led to a net worth of $4.5billion.
Dr Seuss, the much-loved children’s author had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers. His books that weren’t good enough for these publishers went on to sell more than 600 million copies worldwide.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and went on to become the greatest basketball player of all time.
He said, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
And there are so many more stories to show us that failure is actually on our side.
Failing allows us to grow, learn, and find new opportunities.
Have you failed at something in your life?
What have you learned from it?
If you don’t mind sharing, please tell me your failure story? I would love to hear it.
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Lee Pryke, Life Coach