Are You Failing Often Enough?

Sooo…I’ve been stepping waay outside my comfort zone over the past couple of months.  Been exploring some uncharted territories.  Experimenting with a few new (ad)ventures.

I’m looking for something to get excited about.  Looking to make another run at something.  Something to put a little bounce back in my step.

I believe I’m on to a few promising things, but thus far…I’ve fallen flat on my face. Those balloons I had up in the air? Lead balloons, baby.  I got nothin!  Nada.  Zilch.

No wait!  I’m kidding.  I got experience, right?  I just learned a few new ways that won’t work.  Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.  Right?  Now all I need to do is go back to the lab, make some adjustments, and try a different approach.

You know, you can predict how successful people will become by watching how they deal with failure.  If they can’t handle failure—repeated, brutally painful failure—then there’s a good chance they aren’t going to make any waves in the world.

The reason is simple.  Failure is a prerequisite for success.  If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.

In the end, failure is only the feedback that keeps you on course.  Nobody that I know that achieved any level of success had everything figured out perfectly the first time.  You see, you don’t have to get it right at the very beginning.  You just have to generate some momentum and get it going…

When you’re up against it, when you’ve tried a number of different approaches, and continue to come up short again and again, you’ve got to understand deep down inside that you just cannot give up.

You must know that if you absolutely refuse to quit, no matter how hard it is to succeed right now…no matter how hard it is to keep picking yourself up after each fall…that someday you will make it.  And if continue to charge forward long after others have quit and gone home, you will eventually get it right.  You will find a way to succeed!

Keep in mind that most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.

So when you fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back out there….   Get some more bumps and bruises.  Get knocked down a few more times.  Note what’s working and what’s not.  Alter your approach until you achieve the results you want.  And someday you will make it!

Remember:  You only have to succeed the last time!



About Joe McDowell

Joe McDowell is a Life Coach who challenges his clients to stop settling for less than their best, to start using their gifts, and begin living the life of their dreams. If you're dissatisfied with any aspect of your life, read this blog!
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One Response to Are You Failing Often Enough?

  1. Garry Newman says:

    Hey Joe. Great post! You can’t win if you don’t play, so keep playing! I know you will be successful.

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