“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill
Daily Nugget of Gold 1586
The Benefits of Failing
“Okay, okay, NOW you’re going too far!” No…we’re very serious on this one. When we set out to do something and very quickly we find out that we failed somehow, this is often a major plus for us, and the great achievers of all time know it well. If we are careful to pay attention to what the leaders say about failure, we could learn a great deal. Here’s a few thoughts on failure:
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates
What do you think Mr. Gates believes holds the most value, success or failure?
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thinking of that in another way, if we never fall, how is it possible to experience the greatest glory?
MythBuster Adam Savage wryly adds: “Failure is always an option.” This is a retort to those who proudly proclaim “Failure is not an option” Yeah, we might not want it, and yes, we can do everything we can to prevent it, but if it happens, we had better begin deciding what to do about it!
“Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” – Soichiro Honda Yeah, THAT Honda…do you think he had an appreciation for the value of failure? If success is the distillate from failure, how would it be possible to produce it without it?
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley Once again, we hear from a leader about how valuable failing is. Does it sound like he has respect for a person who claims never to have failed?
What we’d like to point out in all of this is that one thing people often neglect to think about failure, that it may just be a signal, and nothing more, that we need to adjust our approach. A small failure near the beginning of a plan is such a signal. A bigger failure down the road shows us that our plan wasn’t sound and usually, through the benefit of hindsight, we can pick up what clues we ignored along the way that could have saved us the larger failure- had we only welcomed the input of the smaller failings. Failure is a wonderful thing in many ways, but most of us reject it out of hand. How smart is it to shut the door in the face of one of life’s best and most profound teachers?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I learn from what went wrong?”
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