The Upside of Failure

Not all failure is bad.  In fact, I believe failure is only bad if we fail to learn from it.

Yes, failure is embarrassing, especially when it is seen by all.  And, of course, failure is frustrating, especially if it was a good idea. Failure can also be very discouraging, especially when I can’t figure out how to make it work. But, failure is also educational, especially when I learn from it.

Here are some things I have learned from failure:

1. I have learned to slow down.  Sometimes, in my eagerness to get something done, I move too fast and fail to do the proper planning or run the proper tests.

2. I have learned to listen to others.  Failure has come to me when I think I know all there is to know about something and fail to ask others for their input.

3. I have learned to plan better.  This includes the counsel of others, a broader discussion of the idea and time to evaluate.

4. I have learned to accept change.  Sometimes the end decision is far from my original idea.  Often, coming back and doing it over makes it much better.

5. I have learned humility.  I do not have all the answers and I do not always do it right the first time, but, I will never quit trying.

6. I have learned to never give up if the idea is right.  There are many obstacles and lots of things blocking every idea.  If it is a good idea, get up and go again.

7. I have learned to appreciate others.  When you work with others, failure is a shared emotion and it is much easier to cheer each other into trying again.

Learning from failure…not a new idea, but, a key to success.


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