Many Thanks, Failure

From my last failure, here’s what I learned.

Be honest about failing because talking about it will give you the insights you need to move forward.

Don’t imitate successful people who tell you what you need to be like them. Go with your gut instinct and the first little voice in your head that you ignored. You know best.

Seek out small chances to fail and take them. This is the best way to learn what you need to know. Try to minimize the damage, but don’t avoid the failure. In fact, take time to pinpoint things you commonly fail at and use them to experiment with what you need to do to succeed in those situations.

Next time you fail, find someone you like to explain the following to:

  • Why you did what you did, the way you did it.
  • What good you were trying to do.
  • Why you think it didn’t work.
  • What larger project your failed attempt is part of.
  • What do you know and what don’t you know about what you need to accomplish the larger project.
  • Why you think your larger goal is still worth doing.
  • What other failures you’ve learned from recently.
  • What other failures you plan to undertake in the future to figure out what you need to know and learn what you need to to progress.

If your quest is worth doing, the failures are blessings – they are the little lessons and jolts that teach you what you need to know and inspire you with the discomfort to keep moving. The success is impossible without the failures.

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