I say we should celebrate failure. Our failures should be as glorified as our successes because often times they are the platforms that propel us to our greatest successes.
And it doesn’t matter how many times you fail.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed once or a hundred times.
What truly matters is how you react to your failures.
I understand that failure is not a popular topic. It’s not something you see plastered all over social media. It’s not something people brag about and it’s definitely not something that is rewarded in today’s society.
Why? Because in all honesty, failure sucks!
It hurts our ego. It can feel overwhelming and shameful. It takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us come face to face with some of life’s greatest lessons.
In summary, failures are hard…
That being said, failure happens to EVERYONE.
Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job because he was told he lacked creativity.
Billa Gates dropped out of Harvard and started Traf-O-Data, a company that failed miserably.
Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, once said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore. Oprah’s first boss told her she was too emotional and not right for television.
Yet, these are people wildly known for their successes.
So what differentiates those who succeed after failure?
The difference between those who succeed after suffering a hard blow and those who don’t, has nothing to do with the failure itself. It has everything to do with how one reacts to the failure.
I have faced many setbacks and many failures in my life and as much as it sucked and it hurt and it often times crushed my ego, it also allowed me to learn the greatest lessons.
And here’s another thing I’ve learned… It boils down to your willingness to learn the lessons life is trying to teach you.
If you choose to remain stubborn and refuse to open up to what life is trying to teach you, you will fail again and again. But if you open up your heart and your mind and you are willing to relentlessly work towards your goal, then the Universe will reward you.
Here’s a little motivational video to inspire you when the weight of failure gets too heavy.
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As always, I love hearing from you.
Send me an email or leave a comment below and tell me what failures you’ve gone through and what lessons you’ve learned from them.