Embracing Failure: Is It Success In Disguise?

"The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - you can't learn anything from being perfect." Adam Osborne, an American entrepreneur who created the first commercially available portable computer, accepted that he would make mistakes, yet each mistake meant that he could use it to understand why he couldn't do that, which then allowed him to find the right solution. By embracing his failures, he was able to profit off them.

Life is a learning experience. From the moment that we're born, we are constantly learning and we often learn more from our failures than we do from our successes. The thing about failure is that it can teach us where we're going wrong and where our assumptions are inaccurate. It then challenges us to improve and to get better, which is why every failure is a learning opportunity.

It's easy to get crippled by failure. You dwell on it, you worry about it, and you think too much about it. Embracing failure is a little harder. What if failure could be so much more? Can you turn failure into a better opportunity? In most cases, you can.

When you embrace failure and accept it as part of a learning curve, you start to reposition your failure, not as an inadequacy on your part, but rather as a learning tool--one from which you can create improvements within yourself or within others.

Embracing failure involves accepting it and wholeheartedly taking responsibility for it. Avoid making excuses! Excuses just assign blame to others and allow you to create the same mistakes again and again.

If a failure affects you, it's possible that there was something you could have done. By understanding what caused the failure, you understand what steps you could have taken to prevent that failure from happening in the first place.

The next step is to implement a strategy to prevent that failure from happening. By having a strategy prepared, you can watch out for the conditions that caused the failure and be aware of the consequences.

Creating success may mean successfully implementing your strategy. It could also involve looking for the good in a failure. Think about it as an opportunity, a new beginning. Always look for how you can gain from any failure.

My challenge for you this week:

Review your past failures for opportunities to advance your major ambitions.

  1. What major life, career, business or relationship ambition have you failed to reach?

  2. What failures have you experienced on the journey to achieve your ambition?

  3. What lessons have you learned from these failures?

  4. Based on your failures, list ways to improve yourself to advance your ambitions.

  5. Over the next 21 days, implement your self-improvement plan.

When you complete this review, you'll be on your way to amazing success!

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