Yes you read that right. Failing is winning. You are probably thinking, what the heck is this guy talking about? Well it’s pretty simple, all the greatest achievers in the world have failed at something along their journey. What, did you think there is some kind of ultimate human being who is infallible? That’s just ridiculous. Whether it’s our greatest idols, heros, athletes, business people or world leaders, somewhere along their journey, they have experienced something that has led to a result that was not so favourable.
If you think failing is bad, you need to commence accepting failure as just a result of an action, rather than a negative, it is the mindset of being awesome. What holds people back from being awesome? The fear of failing. So do yourself a favour and go out into the world and start failing, try as many things as you possibly can. Sooner or later you will realise it’s not bad at all. But the reality is, rather than looking at the outcome as a negative or positive thing, just merely take the outcome as a result of an action. For example if you rephrase it simply as: I tried to do this, and ‘A’ happened versus ‘B’. Whilst ‘A’ might be a positive result and ‘B’ might be a negative result, reaffirm it merely as an outcome. You definitely learn from both don’t you?
O.K so you want some more convincing on this. Well let’s take a look at some awesome people we all know and see how they have also had a case of result ‘B’.
J.K. Rowling – Hey what does J.K actually stand for anyway? Who cares! Ms Rowling was down in the dumps in life, divorced on welfare and not in the greatest position in life. Thankfully she wrote a story about a little boy named Harry.
Elvis Presley – After his first performance he was fired and told “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Damn was that guy wrong.
Michael Jordan – Arguably the greatest athlete of all time. Did you know he was cut from his high school basketball team? Thanks coach!
Walt Disney – The Godfather of animation and the creator of a company that has touched nearly every soul on earth, through the magic of Disney’s animations. Early on in his career he was a writer at a paper, he was fired by the editor who stated “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Albert Einstein – A natural born genius right? Well young Albert did not speak until he was four and did not commence reading until he was seven. His teachers and parents thought he was mentally handicapped, go figure? He was expelled from school and refused entry into another. Whilst it might have taken him a little longer than most, I’d say most people would be happy with a Nobel Prize.
Thomas Edison – The man who is heralded for inventing the light bulb, what an absolute wizard! Well it only took him over 1,000 efforts to get to the final working light bulb. But he got there.
So friends, as you can see, if you think failing is bad, you’re absolutely wrong. People fail, they learn from it and they move on. It takes courage to put yourself out there and try new things, but the key is, actually trying. Yes trying, it sounds hard I know. But if you want to achieve great things you need to at least try. I guess if you don’t really care about achieving anything in life, well this message is not really for you. You are more than welcome to continue in your aspirations of nothingness. But if you do want to achieve something, here are a few things that can help you along the way with ‘failure’.
1. Feedback – Welcome it as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask people what they think. Feedback is the most vital part of creation.
2. Stop making excuses – It must have been bad luck. For some reason this thing didn’t work. The odds were stacked up against me. STOP MAKING EXCUSES!
3. Learn from the result – It may not have worked out this time, but like Edison, he continuously learnt from his iterations. He got there in the end. Which obviously leads into.
4. Persistence – A manager in my early years told me a line that has remained with me my whole life. Persistence overcomes resistance. You need to keep trying, if you give up, that’s when you are actually failing. Because winners don’t quit, but sometime quitting helps you move forward (that’s a whole other conversation).
So now get out there and start failing!