Failure is Not A Bad Thing
Most of the dictionaries and 99% of society think of failure as a bad thing. I don’t happen to share their opinion. How could you possibly succeed if you don’t know how to fail? How would you recognize success, then? Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even to do a little math.
Oprah Winfrey says she doesn’t believe in failure. She says, “It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
Go try something you’ve never done before. Give yourself permission to fail. That way, you get a lot more joy when you succeed! After all, if you’ve never done it before, you have nothing to compare it to and you decide whether you’ve failed at all! Failure is all in YOUR mind. How many people do you know that blow off compliments saying that they could have done better and then list excuses? Especially when they’ve done something you are aching to just achieve a 10th of? It’s all relative and it’s all so very personal.
I give you permission (as if you need it) to go try something new this next week. Something you’ve never done before and know nothing about. Go ahead, have fun.
Here are some quick things to think about:
* “Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.” ~Rosalind Russell
* Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “Ididn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
* Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for publicoffice until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62. He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in,never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up.” (his capitals, mind you)
Learn to take a failures as only a bump in the road, not as a wall to stop you.
Begin to celebrate your failures. If you wind up falling on your rear, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again. Keeping your focus on your dream, your vision, living it, tasting it, immersing yourself in it 1000%, draws that dream to you.