The failure myth

There is a lot of talk about failure.
It’s almost an obsession.
It permeates every medium of communication, society and even entertainment.
It’s a big part of our lives.

Everyone talks about, and thinks about failure.
Failure is popular.

The mainstream understanding of failure is that it’s an absolute concept – that if you don’t succeed in something, you have failed.
And that’s where the challenge lies.
Because that’s a flawed understanding.

Firstly, if you don’t succeed in something it DOES NOT mean you have failed. Usually (if not nearly always) it means you need to try again, that your current method or idea isn’t the best suited for whatever it is you are trying to do.
It’s an indicator of what doesn’t work, which can then help you find what does work.

Secondly, things rarely work out the first time around. You might have been led to believe that stuff working right off the bat is the norm – but it’s not. So when the norm happens and things don’t work out the very first time, it most certainly is not failure. If a baby stopped walking after the first time it fell down, how successful do you think it’d be in ever walking?

Thirdly, every setback is an opportunity – an opportunity to do things better, an opportunity to grow and improve. How is an opportunity to grow tantamount to failing?

Failure isn’t the horrible, nasty, soul destroying thing most people have been led to believe it is.
At the end of the day, it is just a word. And what power you give it is up to you.

So when you understand the reality and treat such events as an impetus to try again and improve, you become part of the few who keep growing, and improving. You become part of the few who make a difference and do great things.

But if you subscribe to the popular notion of failure being the end, of any setback defining you, guess where you will find yourself.

Failure isn’t the ‘end of the world’ situation most think it is.
It is nearly always a reminder to try different things.
A gage of what doesn’t, and does work.
An opportunity to grow, and improve.

Failure can be the ashes from which you rise up anew – better, stronger.
But only if you don’t give up.

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