Have you ever failed at anything? Of course you have. If you are like most people, failure is a common occurrence. Not because everybody completely sucks but because failure is a part of the learning process. If you are like me, you probably fail at most new things you try. If you keep on trying however, you get better.
Do you know how to walk? Can you talk? These are things you learned as a baby. When you were a baby, you took your first few steps and fell and fell again but you kept on trying. You were likely curious about this new mode of transportation your mommy and daddy were using.
What would have happened if you gave up on walking? Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had to crawl everywhere? You didn’t give up. You kept on trying and learning from your mistakes and making correction and now, you are walking like a champ!
There can be no success without failure. Success is often a matter of trial and error. What scientists call error, the rest of us call failure. Failure is an opportunity to learn. You learn what doesn’t work. You can either believe that the whole thing doesn’t work, you can’t do it and likely never will and give up or you can try another way.
Failure can be the key that unlocks the door to success. Besides learning what doesn’t work, failure can teach you what went wrong and why it went wrong. If you analyze a failure and trace all of the steps you took leading up to it, you can see just where you went wrong and once you knowing where you went wrong often leads to knowing how and why you went wrong. Knowing where, how and why you went wrong can give you information that allows you to make corrections, corrections that will lead to adjustments that in time will lead to success. The information yielded from failure can be the keys that unlock the door to success.
The initial surprise and sting of failure often hurts. It is moving beyond the hurt and drilling down and analyzing what went wrong that can teach you how to succeed. You will fail many times in the future. Don’t run from failure. Don’t let failure stop you. Learn what it has to teach you. Failure is not truly failure unless you fail to learn from it.
In True Faith,
The Prophet of Life
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