Tuesday, May 5, 2009

3 Reasons Why Failure Is Good

"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
--Winston Churchill


Most adults go through life with an almost constant Fear of Failure. Which is kind of ironic actually, since learning how to fail is almost a Requirement for eventually becoming Successful.

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How often have any of us experienced set-backs which at the time, seem like the end of the world, but in actuality are often the stepping stones to the things we really want?

Here are 3 reasons why failure can actually be a good thing ...

Inspiration


I know, I know, that sounds totally counterintuitive. But think about it, when you're trying something for the 3rd, 4th or even 100th time, "I intend to succeed This Time" can actually be a pretty strong motivator.

Humility


Let's face it, we all have times where our heads get a little to big for our own good. A small failure here and there can serve as a very useful breaking mechanism to bring us back down to earth.

It's the best way to Learn


When you were a little kid, how did you learn to walk? Did you just climb out of your crib one day and stroll across the bedroom floor? If so, I'm very impressed. But most of us learned to walk by falling flat on our faces ... numerous times. We pulled ourselves up, took a step, and fell right down. But, since we were babies and didn't know any better, we just got right back up and tried again; until we could take two steps, then three, then ten ... with many falls in between.

As adults, it's very easy to forget the lessons of our childhood. Too often we view our "falls" as setbacks, rather the absolutely necessary steps on the road to success that they are.

Have you failed today?


If so, Congratulations!

Keep havin FuN!
Todd

p.s. this is another one of my favorite "Success with Todd" posts ... one of many that will soon be residing on this blog instead. I hope you enjoy it.

7 comments:

  1. It is so true but I think one of the major reason we become afraid to fail is from our school system. We're given tests and either you're right or your wrong. You're not encouraged to try and fail right?

    A recommended book on failing is the one called "Failing Forward" by John Maxwell. Definitely worth the read.

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  2. Very very good points.

    I believe the only way to learn is to fail, if you got it right first time your lucky. One of my favourite sayings is "if you throw enough sh*t... some of it will stick" :)

    All you have to do is replicate the stuff that "stuck" and your well on your way!!

    P.s. Humility is a dying trait I fear :(

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  3. Failure is definitely the best way to learn. Sometimes even though you may succeed at something it may not necessarily be your best work. Perhaps having failed the next attempt may provide a better result. I know many people who consider a successful project a failure because it wasn't good enough and so they go at it again to achieve their version of perfection.

    In business though failure can be expensive and so it is necessary to do your homework, research every aspect possible of the business you are attempting so as not to fail, or at least minimize the failure.

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  4. I totally agree with you and Winston Churchill!
    The image of the little boy is wonderful!
    Kay

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  5. Hi Kay,

    wow, after visiting your fine photography site, I am most humbled that you like the image in this post. It's a picture of my nephew, taken about 5 years ago at my sister's wedding. Believe it or not, totally candid, natural light, shot with a Sony f717 held at waist level.

    Todd

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  6. I've heard many successful people say this in some similar form. You can't truly learn until you fail miserably and are able to determine the steps you must take to overcome your failures. Great article, keep it up!

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  7. I truly agree with these 3 points & i strongly believe that my greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time i fall.

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