“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill
John C Maxwell wrote a great book called “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success” (©2000 Maxwell Motivation Inc.).
Maxwell shares, “the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”
I’ve shared with you some of the things I’ve learned from past failures.
Here’s another great one:
I was asked, at a young age, to speak to a group of professional leaders. My friend had to cancel, and he asked if I would jump in. At 22 years of age, I didn’t know the word “NO”, so I said YES. I found myself standing before a group of leaders. The leaders had more experience than I did, they had more knowledge than I had, and I’m sure they were wondering what I was doing standing in front trying to be the expert. The seminar went OK, but I knew before I began that I was in way over my head. I got through it and committed myself to never be in that situation again… not the “speaking in front of leaders”, but the “being prepared and earning the right to speak before leaders.” While the experience was somewhat disastrous, it motivated me and pushed me to grow, learn and be the best that I can be.
Failing Forward. It’s still failure, but you’re learning from it.
Maxwell shares these 8 examples of “Failing Backward” and “Failing Forward”:
BACKWARDS: Blaming Others
FORWARDS: Taking Responsibility
BACKWARDS: Repeating the Same Mistake
FORWARDS: Learning from Each Mistake
BACKWARDS: Expecting to Never Fail
FORWARDS: Knowing Failure is Part of the Process
BACKWARDS: Expecting to Continually Fail
FORWARDS: Maintaining a Positive Attitude
BACKWARDS: Accepting Tradition Blindly
FORWARDS: Challenging Outdated Assumptions
BACKWARDS: Being Limited by Past Mistakes
FORWARDS: Taking New Risks
BACKWARDS: Thinking “I am a Failure”
FORWARDS: Believing Something Didn’t Work
How are you doing with FAILURE? Does FAILURE paralyze you? Does it push you to other things?
Don’t let FAILURE stop you. Do you best, but WHEN you fail, learn from it and move on.
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